Monday, September 26, 2016

The Great Debate '16

One way or another, one of them will become the next President of the United States.

Will Hillary be the Richard Nixon of 2016?

Nixon was ill-prepared for the 1960 debate. He'd been recently hospitalized, didn't want to wear makeup, and sweated like a stuck pig. Kennedy was young and charismatic, and cool on camera.

Hillary's health issues have become part of the debate-she wants a bigger podium, presumably the better to sneer at Donald Trump with. Any coughing will immediately raise red flags with viewers, even low-information types who haven't been paying that much attention until now.

Trump brings his vast experience with television performances to the arena, but how well will that carry over into a debate? He may be living rent-free inside her medicated head, but what if she gets under his skin?

Lincoln concluded another consequential debate by saying that a house divided cannot stand. Douglas wound up supporting Lincoln as the country unraveled. Who will unravel first in 2016?

Are we ready?

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