“Clinton seemed a little smug. Trump appears to be a carbon-based life form. Let’s call it even.”
HRC a bit smug. DT not insane. Lester Holt'll eat lunch in town again! Eventually constant anti-Trump sallies put him on defensive. Draw.
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) September 27, 2016
OK, OK, this is cherrypicking. But how about the host of Meet the Press?
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 27, 2016
“The guy was completely unprepared. But the woman seemed kinda…over-prepared. Let’s call it even.”
I just hope these reactions — uncannily similar to the spin of the 2000 debates, only with an even more ludicrously inept and witless Republican candidate — will be the exception rather than the rule this time.
It only took 90 minutes, but Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump fell into a rut that reinforced both of their stereotypes. On most issues, Mrs. Clinton relaxed into wonkery – especially on national security – and delivered wooden lines about eagerly awaiting fact-checks. Mr. Trump’s reactions were a mix of favored rally themes and stream of consciousness boasts, and he interrupted with tangents and confusing non sequiturs, often in praise of himself.