|Spotcheck Billy got down on his hands and knees|
Can't be too comfortable when your accusers are in the audience:
|But you got me in a squeeze play on the cheesy side of town|
As for the debate itself, on balance I think Trump won. As usual, he was bordering on the demented in some of his statements, but he did get to a larger truth about his opponent yesterday. In particular, his threat of bringing in a special prosecutor was smart. There's a sense out there that Hillary is getting special treatment. By now I think most people understand who the Clintons are, but they'd rather not think about it much. There's exquisite irony in Trump forcing voters to consider their consciences before casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton, but it's the right thing to do.
A few other brief observations:
- Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz were dismal, especially in the stretch where Raddatz decided she needed to debate Trump on military options. Viewers take notice of things like this and it feeds into Trump's narrative.
- As for Hillary Clinton's performance, give her credit for not taking the bait a few times. She is disciplined when the situation requires it. Still, we got glimpses of her Nurse Ratched persona a few times and, if she gets a less solicitous debate moderator in the final debate, she might let the mask slip.
- Did Trump save his campaign last night? Probably not, but he certainly made life more uncomfortable for the long line of politicians on the Republican side who disavowed him over the weekend. If you're Paul Ryan or Kelly Ayotte, what do you do now?