Sep 272016
 

I had a good time live-blogging the debate last night on Twitter, though I came away a little disappointed that we didn’t have more fireworks. Here was my immediate post-debate analysis on Facebook last night, which still sounds right to me this morning:

Hillary started the evening almost in zugzwang, or perhaps playing Russian roulette with only one empty chamber instead of one loaded one. She had a lot of potential mistakes to make and then didn’t make them. Edge to her, largely on that basis. Her errors were minor and likely noise-level.

Trump’s biggest mistake throughout was switching gears without providing context. Some of what he said on Iran could have been effective, but he started in the middle of the story because he assumed everyone knew what he was talking about. He needed to burn a few seconds on background. Furthermore, predictably, he interrupted too indiscriminately, and took some planes all the way into the ocean when he should have bailed. (The Iraq/Hannity sidebar was just bizarre and interminably long.) I suspect he either can’t or won’t be coached on behavior like this, because there was much more of it tonight than there should have been.

I think we ended the evening where we started. A major blunder from Hillary might shake things up. A significantly different approach from Trump might shake things up. I consider each of these things unlikely, and barring either of them, I think Hillary cruises.

On to the VP debate. What are their names again?

 Posted by at 7:17 am
Sep 262016
 

Dudes and dolls, alas, it still appears that we are not the marks in the most massive Candid Camera stunt ever, so tonight is the first presidential debate. It is scheduled for 8-9:30 pm CDT tonight.

I will be live-blogging this particular chapter of the apocalypse on Twitter. Please join me. We may be going straight to hell, but let’s at least see if we can get a few laughs before it gets too hot.

 Posted by at 7:54 am
Sep 232016
 

Can you handle this upcoming political theater? I’m not sure I can. Monday night’s presidential debate figures to be one of the single most entertaining and unpredictable political events of the past 50 years or so. Trying to script in advance how this is going to go—well, let’s just get the proverbial hundred monkeys and hundred […]

 Posted by at 11:45 am
Sep 212016
 

“What we should be doing is much simpler: Chilling the hell out before this gets even more insane than it has already.” – Katherine Timpf Indeed. Dear readers, we’re not, you and I, now or anytime soon, going to have an “honest conversation” about or “real look” at or talk about “social justice” for my alleged […]

 Posted by at 4:17 pm
Sep 022016
 

Today—the Friday before a three-day weekend—the FBI released detailed interview notes on its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Some high points: Hillary Clinton told FBI investigators she did not “recall” or “remember” something 39 different times. The current location of as many as 12 different handheld devices used by Hillary […]

 Posted by at 3:13 pm

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