The Reverend


If last night's 90 minute debate had been a boxing match, the referee would have had to stop the fight because of all the Trump blood on the mat. At approximately 18 minutes in, Hillary answered a question about the economy and taunted Trump brilliantly about loans Donald got from his father......causing Donald to lose his composure....



According to Vox, he interrupted her nearly once a minute for the first 26 minutes of the debate.



By 538’s count, Trump seized the floor from Clinton three times and lodged 24 interjections as she spoke, a total of 27 interruptions. Clinton didn’t seize the floor from Trump once, and lodged only 5 interjections. The pro-Clinton American Bridge counted a total of 73 interruptions by Trump.



Imagine if Hillary had rudely interrupted Trump once a minute for the first 26 minutes. Imagine how scathing the reviews of Hillary's performance would have been should Mrs. Clinton had done exactly what Trump did. This morning's NY Times headline...."Trump and Clinton Clash on Jobs, Race and Temperament". See why Villagers kept reminding us ahead of the debate how low the bar would have to be set for Trump's performance?



I love this take.....



Republican women are crucial to Trump’s chances, and those watching the debate fell into two camps: Those who sensed sexism and those who felt gender dynamics were the least of Trump’s problems on Monday night.



"the least of Trump's problems"....Trump humiliated himself in front of what had been touted as an audience of 100 million. That's what happened. In one of Donald's many salad-shooter moments......when disconnected words were flying out of Trump's mouth all crazy-like....I found myself...almost....feeling a bit of sympathy for the man who was melting down in anger before my very eyes. He didn't belong there on stage...and he proved it.



“She mind screwed him from the beginning by mentioning the loan from his father,” said Rob Stutzman, a GOP operative in California. “That was brilliant psychological warfare on her part. He slowly unwound from there, culminating in borderline incoherency over the final 30 minutes.”



Yes and yes. And it was actually worse than that. Even undecided voters saw what I saw....



GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who held a focus group of undecided voters in suburban Philadelphia Monday night, reported that 16 of the 22 participants deemed Clinton the winner.



My question there would be....what were the other 6 people watching? No objective human could have watched that debate last night and come away with the notion that Donald Trump was the winner. Yes, it was that bad.



I watched the debate on CSpan's split screen option. My god, the contrast. The pouty, blotchy-red-faced Trump, seething with anger, rudely interrupting the process whenever he felt like it, lying brazenly, throwing out mismatched and incoherent campaign lines, taping them together in succession in his sad attempts to answer, or avoid answering, the actual question. While Hillary remained poised, confident, with a smile on her face throughout the 90 minute back and forth...giving well-thought out answers to policy questions while simultaneously ripping to shreds the nonsensical and ignorant claims of her GOP rival.



It wasn't exactly like shooting fish in a barrel....but damn close.



I can tell by the cautiously reserved Village headlines this morning that corporate media were not happy with last night's TKO. So, I fully expect the Professionals to try to put a bit of lipstick on last night's piggish Trump performance.....but I must tell you....it would take an entire Max Factor factory to cover up the Trump-ugly from last night.



The question Josh Marshall takes on is...how will Trump respond to his own simply-awful performance last night?.....



If I know anything about Trump he'll feel wounded by this encounter, low-stamina Hillary, almost a foot shorter than him, a weak woman ... well, she controlled him and owned the floor. Like we saw with Pastor Timmons and so many others who have hurt him, he'll lash out.



I think that's right....and I also think that Trump's vengeance-seeking mindset combined with his hair-trigger temper will be the primary reasons why he will lose in November.



Finally...hope springs eternal...and especially so for apparently deaf, dumb and blind-followers of Mr. Trump. Over at the, literal, fever-swamp of Fox Nation, the lead story is from the New York Post. I don't know what the writer, Michael Goodwin, was watching last night, or whether he consumed any hallucinogenic drugs before watching....but get a load of this malarkey....



Donald Trump was a brawler from start to finish and played very rough, but was never wild, and was nowhere near the monster she needed him to be.



First: define "wild". Second....I think Goodwin characterized Trump as a "monster" there, right? Just "nowhere near" monsters, say, like Godzilla, or worse, Rudi Giuliani.



Going into the first debate, Trump had to step over a very low bar. All he had to do was reassure voters that he was neither a lunatic nor an idiot, and could control his temper for 90 minutes.



But see, even with the "bar" on the ground, Trump couldn't control his temper. You can literally see Trump's face turning red in anger in the early going. But alas....



He cleared the bar, delivering a series of passionate moments on issues of substance, such as trade, jobs and taxes in the first few minutes. And while he regressed into an old habit of wandering into rhetorical dead ends, interrupting, making faces and talking too much about his business, he never lost his cool in a way that would have been a disaster.



No, no, no.....it was a "disaster". Believe me.



The headline to that piece?



Trump Missed Opportunities, But Deserves To Be Taken Seriously After Surviving Round One of Debates



That's not grading on a curve. That's simply blind partisanship....with the emphasis on the word blind. All things being equal...though they never are....Trump should drop 10 points in the national polls because of his just-terrible performance last night.