I must say that Hillary exceeded my expectations in the debate: I didn't see a clear path for her for victory although I was pleased that my pre-debate posted Facebook advice did indeed turn out to be her winning strategy: "IMHO, the best attitude that Hillary can project in the debate is light disdain for someone who is unqualified to be there and whose opinion is predictably ill-informed, and to kindly correct his ignorant answers." I thought that the bar for Trump would be so low that if he just managed to avoid saying something blatantly kooky and avoided bullying or blustering, he'd win even if his answers to the questions were BS. He did manage to avoid producing a truly outrageous sound bite (unless you count saying that not paying taxes was smart and assuming that would be a positive for most Americans who don't qualify for tax loopholes or have a phalanx of accountants to find them). However, he was not able to avoid bullying or visible defensiveness.
I couldn't bring myself to watch the debate as I can't stand to listen to Donald Trump for more than about 30 seconds, so I employed my usual strategy of following the debate through a couple of live blogs and the Twitter hashtag, which generally provides all of the important lines and occurrences, plus some entertaining and clever commentary. Here are my favorite tweets:
TRUMP: The whole thing was rigged! Just like I predicted. This is not good people. NOT GOOD
HOLT: May I ask the first question?
@Angel "Donald Trump is very shrill. He should try smiling more."
@Travon "Trump's campaign slogan should be 'Make America Great Again. I Have Property There.'"
@sherlockmichael "'The African-American community has been so badly treated'... let's stop and frisk them!
@ThePandoraBoxx "It's like watching a debate between the high school principal and the school bully."
@BlitznBeans "Allow me to be the first to welcome all overweight people to the Clinton campaign."
@WillMcAvoyACN "Donald Trump, who admitted earlier he does not pay his taxes, is complaining about other countries not paying their fair share."
@abdimusse "This debate is like watching that one class group who didn't practice their PowerPoint presentation present."
@brian_sack "If his number one asset is temperament, is his number two modesty?"
@nancykric: "I give in. I will vote for the white corporate militarized feminist. This windbag sociopath is terrifying."
@Stonekettle: "Trump made me drink a lot tonight. But not nearly as much as his campaign, who are somewhere right now shouting FUCK! and throwing glasses."
@SaritaManhattan: "For those who missed debate tonight - this gif
is pretty much it..."