Liveblog the debate right here

Use the comments at this post to react to this first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  I will be doing so, assuming my plane gets in on time.

UPDATE:  I made it, with 7 minutes to spare!  I don’t like either candidate, so I can be objective.  Or maybe biased against both of them.  Maybe that amounts to the same thing.  Let’s go. . .

Tonight’s great debate

Tonight at 9:00 ET, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will debate each other.  The event will be televised on all major networks.

Right now, the race is pretty much even.  This will be the first time voters will get to see both of the candidates side by side and assess how they measure up.  For all of the policy talk, voters will be especially interested in the intangibles:  Will HIllary manage to come off as likeable?  Will Donald come across as presidential?  What outrageous things will be said and what will be their effect?  An unusually large television audience is projected for the debate.

I’ve been on the road last week, but my plane should get in on time to let me liveblog the debate.  If I’m not here yet, go on without me,  Watch the debate with your laptop on your lap.  I’ll have a post up (different from this one).  Write your reactions, analysis, and witticisms as comments.  I’ll join in when and if I can. [Read more…]

Media election coverage

After the Republican convention, the media was giving Trump lots of unfavorable coverage.  But once Hillary Clinton racked up a seemingly safe lead in the polls, reporters started giving her a hard time.  To the point that after Matt Lauer’s interview of the two candidates, Democrats complained about media bias!  (Welcome to the Republicans’ world!)  Now that Trump has caught up in the polls, though, journalists are attacking him again.

Prediction:  Watch for stories now about Clinton’s good qualities.

If Clinton drops out, Democrats want Sanders

What would happen if Hillary Clinton really is having serious health problems to the point of having to drop out of the race?  I’m not saying she is or that this is likely, but it’s an interesting mental experiment.  Donald Trump, who is 70, could also have a breakdown that could force him to withdraw.

If the party’s candidate can no longer run, the Democratic National Committee would choose a replacement.  The same holds true in the Republican party, though the RNC could choose to reconvene the convention delegates, an option not available for the Democrats.  The national committees consist of members from each state.  The Democratic National Committee has some 300 members; the Republican counterpart has 150.

A Rasmussen survey has found that in the event of Clinton dropping out of the race, 48% of Democrats would want her replaced with Bernie Sanders.

Discussion questions:  Conservatives, isn’t Clinton more conservative than Sanders?  Do you think she would make a better president than Sanders would?  NeverTrumpers, would you vote for Sanders over Trump? [Read more…]

The health of our candidates

During ceremonies at the 9/11 memorial, Hillary Clinton fainted.   Democrats and their media comrades have been waxing indignant at questions about Mrs. Clinton’s health, due to reports of her needing help to go up stairs, her coughing fits, and various other alleged signs of bad health.  They called such concerns “conspiracy theories,” though it wasn’t clear what was conspiratorial about them.

Now, though, due to this public breakdown, even her supporters (such as the Washington Post columnist quoted after the jump) are admitting that the candidates’ health has to be an issue.

Her campaign now reports that she has pneumonia.

I recall Ronald Reagan, who was up there in age, getting a physical and releasing his “bill of health” to the public.  I’m pretty sure that other presidential candidates have routinely done the same.  Both Mrs. Clinton and Donald Trump are in their 70s, and it is perfectly reasonable for voters to desire information about their general health.  Shouldn’t this be forthcoming?
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The deplorables

Hillary Clinton puts a name to that category of Americans that Democrats most despise:  “the deplorables.”

These are the “haters,” those whom liberals deem to be sexist, homophobic, racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic.  To take those ideological and psychological terms as liberals use them, those who question feminism, don’t believe in gay marriage, take the cops’ side in the “Black Lives Matter” demonstration, worry about illegal immigration, and believe Islam has a role in Islamic terrorism are all put into “the basket of deplorables.”

Mrs. Clinton said these deplorables are not American and are “irredeemable.”  Those are especially dehumanizing words to apply to someone you disagree with.  They don’t belong in America.  (That’s what xenophobes say!)  They can’t be redeemed.  (That’s what religious bigots say!)  Any Christian deplorables probably think they are redeemed, but Mrs. Clinton says they are not.  In the secular usage, the word means that these people can never change, and there is no hope for them.

“Half” of Donald Trump’s supporters, she said, are “deplorables.”  The other half are people with economic problems who deserve Democrats’ pity.  She is now trying to walk back her classification.

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