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Clinton verses Trump - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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Clinton verses Trump

Tonight I watched the first presidential debate with "J" and the in-laws. If I had more time, I would have done a more detailed commentary, but this time I'll make do with a general impression.

Scoring straight, Clinton won big. The only point where I thought Trump scored was blaming NAFTA for US job losses, and linking it to her. (George HW Bush signed the agreement and tried hard to push ratification through, but only saw it finally pass during the Bill Clinton administration.)

Although NAFTA was a big win for the US economy as a whole, and that people whose jobs were moved to Mexico would have lost them to China or to automation if not for the deal, a lot of people still blame it for job losses. Because that's a complicated point, she couldn'trespond without using way too much time (and strategically, she had the sense not to). He got a bonus for that because it was early, before people gotdisgusted and gave up.

The only other way Trump won was in exceeding his abysmal expectations. But take away that giant golf handicap and his score was terrible. His only coherent point was to advocate the unconstitutional, ineffective practice of stop and frisk. He tossed out the weird boast about the Pennsylvania Avenue hotel, and the ugly ad hominem against Rosie O'Donnell. He was sighing and grunting when not interrupting. His nuclear weapons ramblings were scary.

I know most people watching were undecided, but surely some undecided shifted toward Clinton, And with her solid showing, She'll pick up some undecided voters, and energize some supporters to get out the vote.


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