As I type this, the first 2016 Presidential debates between Clinton and Trump have not happened. But they will be the worst. We have two wildly unpopular candidates who represent everything we hate about the powerful.
No minds will be changed tonight. The only people who benefit will be the TV stations that sell ads. Tomorrow Huff Post and Breitbart will write articles that sound as if they were watching two completely different debates.
Trump has almost nothing to lose. All he needs to do is keep hammering on anything that makes people uneasy about Clinton (emails, health, Benghazi) and stay away from saying anything too incorrect. He can be as divisive as he wants to be at this stage. His game is to make more of his base show up, and for that all he needs is the red meat of nationalism.
The media has been so hyperbolic in its objections to Trump that I don’t think there’s much left for Clinton to attack that will raise any pulses. Huff Po has been running a paragraph under every article about him saying “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”
I agree with some of the pundits who think this constant barrage has inoculated Trump to certain attacks. He’s basically tied in the polls even with almost all of mainstream media and social media outlets against him. What else can be said about him?
The only thing I think will allow Clinton a clear victory in tonight’s debate is if the moderator really drills into policy specific questions. I might not like what her plans are (because freedom), but I believe she is well informed and has a plan. I don’t know what Trump’s plans are. All the shit people freak out about is so extreme it’s never going to be a issue anyway.
Candidates should have to take a very serious LSAT/MCAT/GRE style test before even being nominated. If you don’t know what Aleppo is or you can’t name all fifty capitals, GTFO. And for the debates, it should work like Oxford style debates: the audience votes for or against at the beginning and then again at the end. Whoever has the majority at the end wins. Bragging rights go to any candidate that gets a big changeover.