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Nation Scorns Donald Trump For Ridiculous Debate Performance

September 27, 2016

This array of commentary says everything we need to know about what Donald Trump did to himself and the Republican Party last night.  I would be smiling about this if I was not so sad that my country has been so thoroughly embarrassed around the globe by this Republican nominee.

Glenn Thrush: “Trump is supposed to be the big meanie but it was Clinton who hit him where it hurt most. It doesn’t take a Jung (or even Dr. Phil after a couple of Bud Lights) to figure out that the GOP nominee – who boasts like a barfly – just might be over-compensating. Hence, Clinton, who started the debate a little tentatively, quickly launched into a carefully planned program of Freudian mind-games, contrasting her own middle-class businessman dad (who had his own issues) with Trump’s imperious, larger-than-life father Fred who launched his son’s business career but also was said to be extremely tough on him.”

Dan Drezner: “This will be short and sweet. Hillary Clinton wiped the floor with Donald Trump in the first presidential debate Monday night. But it was the way in which she wiped the floor with him that was so interesting.”

Andrew Sullivan: “Clinton was not great at times; her language was occasionally stilted; she missed some obvious moments to go in for the kill; but she was solid and reassuring and composed… I’ve been a nervous wreck these past two weeks; my nerves are calmed now.”

Jonathan Chait: “The contrast between an obviously and eminently qualified public servant and a ranting bully was as stark as any presidential debate in American history.”

Ross Douthat: “More, as ever in this campaign, he showed no ability to evade or duck or simply retreat on issues — his business dealings and his taxes, birtherism and racism — where long Trumpish answers make things only worse.”

Nate Silver: “My editor tells me that readers want my subjective impressions of the debate, knowing full well that they’re subjective. And my impressions are that Clinton became a more plausible president tonight and Trump became a less plausible one.”

Ezra Klein: “The first presidential debate featured a man who didn’t know what he was talking about repeatedly shouting over a woman who was extraordinarily prepared.”

Chris Cillizza: “This was a clear win for her on virtually every front.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2016 10:58 AM

    No, pkarm–if you were aware of the writers you too would know there are varying points of view including a conservative among them.

  2. September 28, 2016 10:43 AM

    I like how all of the quotes come from far leftwing “news” and “opinion” sites. No surprise in the fact they are all doing the job asked of them by the DNC of keeping Hillary in a positive light.

  3. September 27, 2016 1:26 PM

    Not a one, Peter. But more importantly none of those who are left undecided jumped to Trump. And younger voters who think Johnson a possibility now better understand the gravity of a wasted vote.

  4. September 27, 2016 1:07 PM

    OTOH, Trump supporters could care less about any of this reasonableness. Do you really think Hillary’s performance caused a single Trumpian to jump ship?

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