Bill Clinton was in the audience looking ghostly. At the second presidential debate held in St. Louis Missouri. Presumably he was contemplating suicide as he reminisced about the events of the past with his four former less than willing lovers in the audience as well. I’m sure that when he saw those ladies, he knew the evening was going to be an event that would be remembered by everyone forever. Maybe he was wondering if the almost one million dollar payout for silence was worth it. Since the woman sitting in the audience silently only needed to be observed for everyone to recall the past dalliance.
Donald Trump’s children and family were in the audience, looking like statuesque American icons. Meanwhile the Daily Beast was also there to support her mother Hillary Clinton.
Anderson Cooper from CNN was wearing a plum tie and a smirk on his face, already knowing what was going to happen that evening. Martha Raddatz from ABC appeared rather bewildered and ghoulish with her in her plain black polyester pantsuit. Together the two moderators would spend the evening stifling Donald Trump, and highlighting Hillary Clinton.
The evening was obviously going to be three against one.
Without even a handshake the debate began.
Anderson Cooper, quickly on the attack began his interrogation of Donald Trump. He didn’t even make an attempt to appear unbiased has he let loose on Trump practically convicting him in the court of public opinion as a sexual predator. He asked a loaded question like a prosecuting attorney in a criminal court. Anderson Cooper paraphrased Donald Trump’s private locker room talk. When Trump answered the question and Cooper was not satisfied he interrupted the Presidential candidate THREE times trying to get a different response from Mr. Trump. When he Cooper finally gave up. He interrupted Donald again and cut to Hillary Clinton. She looked like a cat that had just been handed a fish, and tore into Trump on the subject with a prepared monologue.
It seems that a chan user did make it into the Town Hall meeting after all.
Ken Bone asked. “What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs, while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers? ”
Trump replied “energy is under siege by the Obama administration.”
He added. “We are killing — absolutely killing our energy business in this country. Now, I’m all for alternative forms of energy, including wind, including solar, et cetera. But we need much more than wind and solar.”
Clinton answered the question like she answered questions all evening, by not answering at all. Instead she deflected the energy issue, and moved on to steel.
Clinton replied to Ken Bone’s question on meeting our energy needs and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers, by discussing China. She said. “China is illegally dumping steel in the United States.”
I was amazed that the “Moderators” Allowed Hillary Clinton to deflect questions all evening. She just recited prepared canned lines through the entire debate. When she couldn’t remember a prepared talking point, she had a deer in the headlights look about her, staring at Donald Trump as he tore apart her stale preprogrammed rhetoric apart. If her eyes had been laser beams The Donald would have been sliced in two be the evil stares she gave him. All evening, her answers had nothing to do with the questions asked. Her performance was shameful to the point of comparing herself to Abraham Lincoln and insinuating that Lincoln himself was a two faced liar.
Trump called her out immediately defending the former president that freed the slaves by saying. “Her papers went out to all her friends at the banks, Goldman Sachs and everybody else, and she said things — WikiLeaks that just came out. And she lied. Now she’s blaming the lie on the late, great Abraham Lincoln.”
The Audience exploded in laughter, knowing that Clinton had been caught in yet another lie.
He followed with. “Honest Abe never lied. That’s the good thing. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you. That’s a big, big difference. We’re talking about some difference.”
I have to give the win for the second debate to the Republican candidate. Donald Trump. In spite of spending 90 minutes in a three against one situation. He stayed on point, and was able to concisely and convincingly answer the questions thrown at him. While Hillary Clinton didn’t attempt to stay on point, and used her moderators as blockers as she tried to steal her way through the defense that Donald Trump had set up. She failed to get the first down on her fourth down play by invoking Abraham Lincoln out of context and at the wrong time.
With the third debate coming up on October 19 in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see if Fox News can do a better job than the other networks. As Michelle Obama would say. “When they go low, you go high.”