2016 Presidential Debate No. 1
Here it is. At last. It’s the political debate you’ve been waiting for. Or, at least, its the Presidential debate you’re going to get.
Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, with only Lester Holt in between them. Hempstead, New York. 9:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 p.m. Pacific). Six fifteen minute segments on various topics within the broader categories of “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity,” and “Securing America.”
In the lead-up tot he debate this afternoon, I suggest consideration of a few facts. How many voters have already irrevocably made up their minds? ((I’m within that number, myself; Clinton is an order of magnitude less bad than Trump, to my estimation, and I strongly doubt either of them can say or do anything to change that opinion.)) Are the numbers that remain in the “persuadable” column sufficient to sway the election? What does each candidate need to do to reach those still-persuadable voters out there? How much effect will the debate have on the respective campaigns’ GOTV effort as well as the reach-for-the-middle effort?
During the debate, of course, live reactions are fun and useful, and afterwards, the postmortem is when things get most interesting. I’d trust the assessments of our commentariat more than I would those of the talking heads and spinmasters on the networks.
Best of all, you can watch it live, right here, at your favorite website, thanks to some magic coding from our friends at WordPress:
And if that doesn’t work, then try here:
But don’t look for me to jump in to that discussion, at least not early on. I found that while I was preparing to go to court this morning, my cats vomited and shat all over my floor, only half an hour before I had to make my morning appearance in court, apparently in protest to the dog urinating on the floor in front of their beds. I had no choice but to abandon this smelly mess while I made my way to the courthouse and at this point I shudder to think of what my house smells like right now. Worse, neither my wife nor I will likely make it home until about the start of the debate time. So I shall be cleaning up these odiferous biological sequelae to feline and canine digestive processes rather than listening to either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump speaking live… and counting myself likely getting the better end of that trade-off.
Consider this an election-focused open thread, as if that weren’t already basically every thread these days.