90 Miles From Tyranny : Twelve Days That Will Shake the World

Friday, October 23, 2020

Twelve Days That Will Shake the World

What Trump's debate win means for the 2020 campaign

President Trump needed a strong debate performance to have any hope of slowing Joe Biden's momentum in the closing days of the 2020 campaign. And a strong debate performance is what he delivered. Trump didn't interrupt Biden or moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News. There was considerably less shouting than at the first debate. You could actually understand what was going on. And Trump was on message. He contrasted his record, policies, and outsider persona with Biden's. He argued for coping with the pandemic while reopening the economy and resuming in-person schooling. Perhaps most important, he defined Biden as a typical politician who is all talk and no action. And he seized on Biden's unforced error toward the end of the debate, when the former vice president admitted that he wants to "transition" from an economy fueled by oil and gas.

This time the expectations game favored Trump. The bar had been set so low for Biden prior to the first debate that all he had to do was demonstrate mental fitness and grasp of the issues. That shout-fest benefited neither candidate. But Trump fared worse. He took a dive in the polls afterward. And his subsequent coronavirus diagnosis and hospitalization didn't help matters. Biden's lead grew.

Trump entered the second debate largely written off. What Mickey Kaus calls "Over-ism" is abroad in the land. Washington and New York have decided that the race is over and Joe Biden won. A peevish Trump who spent the entire 90 minutes ranting about Hunter Biden would have done a lot to prove their point. But that's not the Trump who showed up. The story of the "laptop from hell" and Hunter Biden's overseas businesses was debated, but Trump didn't...

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  1. I know that the Washington Free Beacon is supposed to be a conservative website, but anybody that actually writes that Biden is somehow ahead and has momentum in "the polls" needs to have a wake-up call. The polls that show Quid Pro Joe ahead are statistically useless because the samples are completely skewed to favor the narrative. Anybody that thinks Biden is in the lead needs to look at Biden's minisculely attended events versus Trump's huge rallies would also believe that the Wuhan flu is a legitimate pandemic. In other words, not someone worth listening to.

    1. Exactly.

      After the phone call by Super Predator Joe's campaign manager, the whole slowing Joe Biden's momentum in the closing days of the 2020 campaign is a crock and everybody knows it.


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