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Journal of No. 118


September 26th, 2016

Debate notes @ 08:07 pm

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I assume this was in the plan, but there was some perfect needling by Clinton that hit Trump at just the wrong time (from my perspective -- hopefully, from everyone's). Basically, encouraging Trump to boast.

Trump says it was good business to buy cheap property after the financial crisis.
5 million people lost their homes.

Trump (reportedly) owes $650 million. "That's not a lot of money."

In some years (where he had to report his taxes) Trump paid zero federal taxes.
"It was smart."

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After Trump gibbered and attacked Lester Holt about whether he did or didn't support the invasion of Iraq, for him to move immediately to "I have a better temperament" was the height of absurdity.

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Trump's answer on the race issue was completely tone-deaf. 80% law & order, stop & frisk. 20% black and brown people have it bad. (No shit.)

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If I had been Clinton, one wonky thing I would have hit him with is that Japan cannot have an army, per se, because of the outfall of WWII and the treaty with the US. They have a self defense force. And we are, by treaty, obligated to handle external threats to Japan.

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Trump (re)declaring war on Rosie O'Donnell added a nice touch.
 
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From:ian_tiberius
Date:September 27th, 2016 03:33 am (UTC)
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"Trump's answer on the race issue was completely tone-deaf."

eh...if you're a person of color, or a white liberal, sure. But there's a large portion of the electorate that will eat that shit up with a spoon.

"If I had been Clinton, one wonky thing I would have hit him with is..."

I think it was pretty clear that her advisors instructed her to avoid wonking too hard. The intellectual members of the electorate are already 99% for Clinton. Now she needs to win over those voters who are actually considering voting for Trump (or Johnson or Stein.) We're not talking about a bunch of geniuses here. She's not going to win them over by sounding like their 11th grade history teacher.

I agree about the needling, though. Seemed pretty clear to me that she laid a few traps that he walked into.
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:September 27th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Jerry Springer said it best. "Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House. Donald Trump belongs on my show."

Journal of No. 118