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The debate eve open line

Posted By on Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 4:15 PM

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Here's the Sunday open line.

I've been stewing about the first presidential debate tomorrow. It could be pivotal in the election. Will voters be moved by Hillary Clinton's better knowledge of the job? There's no doubt that's true. Or will it be a repeat of the Republican primary, when insults, bluster and high school locker room pep talk lines ("We'll be winners again") and made Donald Trump a, well, winner again?

Fact-checking? Who cares? It hasn't mattered to date.

Then there's Gennifer Flowers, injected into the debate by Trump. Just to "make a point," his camp now says. The point?  There's no limit to how low he'll stoop and a significant chunk of the American electorate like him for it. It has nothing to do with anything, except as another dose of misogyny from the serial philanderer Trump.

The craziest new theme isn't so crazy, because polls continue to bear it out. Trump can say wrong thing after wrong thing — call them knowing lies or stupidity — and it reinforces a belief that he's a straight talker. Polls show more voters find him truthful than Clinton. (See Politico on Trump's week of misstatements, exaggerations and half-truths.)

"Trump may say some stupid shit, but he ain't afraid to say it, by damn."

Not feeling good about the debate or the election.


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