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Debates for Dummies

Joel Pett
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Didn’t want to watch the debate? Didn’t have time? Here’s all you need to know.



  1. Jonah wrote:

    There’s talk that Hillary had it easy but in terms of gotcha questions what is there to ask her? She’s been bombarded with questions about her email server and benghazi and the FBI and the house panel have exonerated her on both issues. The reality is she was prepared and knew her subject matter well. When the topic of the emails came up she apologized. So there were no cases of her looking flummoxed and out of place. Hence everyone assumes she had it easy.

    Trump on the other hand has so many issues that he has to address. The wall may be a silly topic but how is he going to get mexico to pay for it and if his answer isn’t practical are we going to contribute as taxpayers?

    Here are the questions asked. I’m not sure what’s unfair about them at all.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:25 am | Permalink
  2. Jonah wrote:

    And there’s also talk of letting GJ in for the next debate. So there’s this

    Is he going to answer any question that’s related to world affairs and how embarrassing would it be for the US when 2/3 presidential candidates struggle with a regular question. Together Trump and Johnson are getting about 50% of the national vote and that shows how fixated people are about the headlines without diving into the nitty gritty. The headline of HRC is so crooked Trump is normal and Johnson is a saint. Is it laziness or something else?

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2:13 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:


    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 3:38 am | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    Brainwashing and ignorance.

    “We invaded Iraq to get Bin Laden, Fox News told us that.”

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:05 am | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    You have a point, Eva. I had dinner a few nights ago with a Trump supporter, and his arguments seemed to be right out of someone’s talking points. Garbage in, garbage out.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  6. notycoon wrote:

    Apparently it has, at least for the time being (the US electorate can be terribly fickle, you know). Five Thirty Eight is showing a pretty large swing away from Trump in its probability assessment. This since the debate.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  7. Redjon wrote:

    Yes, Hillary knows MUCH more about the issues a United States president may be faced with so, yes, that does give her major advantages over Trump. And, yes, Hillary has experience in actually executing policies and being responsible for them and has survived some 23 years of vicious attacks at the national level and who knows what while she was first lady of Arkansas. And has shown herself to be strong enough to withstand all of it while Trump tends to go off over the slightest, well, slight.

    Nevertheless, Donald Trump did not actually stand there and pick his nose and throw boogers at Hillary during Monday night’s debate, which is why he can justifiably claim to have looked really very presidential and actually to have won.

    Meanwhile, Trump patted himself on the back in interviews after the debate for not going after Hillary over the Lewinsky scandal… but said, “maybe next time.”

    Which brings us to questions regarding whether or not it would be fair for Mrs. Clinton to respond by asking questions about Donald Trump’s own extramarital relationships.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
  8. ebdoug wrote:

    Hillary’s zinger is “Is this the pot calling the kettle black?” Of course, Trump will deny every being in public with Miss marples while still married to Ivanka.

    Obama did not have much experience when he took office He was well educated and because of his upbringing, he was familiar with the world more than most of us. He asked Hillary to be his Secretary of State. She is now a lot more versed than he was because he took her under his wing.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm | Permalink