Yet again, Lambert is hosting a live blog as he watches the Clinton/Trump
slugfest presidential debate tomorrow evening. Even with last week’s vice presidential debate being a spectacle, and not in a good way, Lambert provided recaps of the major talking points with running commentary. So you can either join the fun live and add your own takes, or visit later to get a good sense of how it progressed in real time.
As before, Lambert will be live blogging but in the Comments section, so that readers can react and follow the thread more easily. We found this to work far better than the usual approach of having the live blog be a post, and then having reader reactions be visually distant from the ongoing observations.
And some pre-debate questions: Trump is down again and seems to have a glass jaw. He’s not bad on the attack, but has been terrible at returning punches, and then doubles down on his bad responses.
First, is it too late for Trump to attempt to be Presidential, even charitably assuming he could stay more or less in character for a month? Second, has his inability to hide that he sees women as sex objects sunk him? Many people seem to see the Clinton charges of Trump’s other improprieties as the pot calling the kettle black, but the misogyny issue seems to be getting traction with a lot of women. Note that we have yet to have any evidence of actual misconduct (like pressuring subordinates for favors); if anything like that were to surface, all bets are off. Is there any rebuttal Trump could make on this issue that would change your mind? Before you say no (and it may be too late for Trump to try anything like this now), recall that when Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for governor, three women who had worked with him in movies from early in his career accused him of groping then on the set and pressuring them for sex.
Within 24 hours, Schwarzenegger held a press conference with Maria Shriver at his side. He said that he had done it, he was young and stupid and didn’t know that sort of behavior was deeply offensive to women and now he knew better and apologized.
Now I can’t imagine The Donald admitting to anything or apologizing, although he has just apologized for what he said in a 2005 recording that was leaked today, which included him saying that as a star, he could get away with anything, including kissing beautiful women and grabbing their pussies, and that he’s unsuccessfully pursued an unnamed married woman. (This sounds like teenage boy locker room braggadocio coming out of a man then pushing 60…ugh). Notice also how Team Clinton managed to get this story out the day of a Wikileaks dump that included excerpts from her Goldman speeches. And this also means The Donald will be preoccupied this weekend with damage control as opposed to debate prep this weekend. Nicely played.
If you are bothered by Trump’s trash talk about women, is there anything he could do to blunt your bad image of him on this issue?
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!