The Upcoming Dog and Pony Show


I guess that makes Trump the pony.

New Yolk Times:

Hillary Clinton is determined to get under Donald J. Trump’s skin at Monday’s debate, and is testing attack lines to try to rattle him.

Mr. Trump is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of Mrs. Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.

The two candidates are taking vastly different approaches to what is expected to be one of the most widely watched presidential debates since Carter vs. Reagan in 1980. And their divergent strategies reveal how the candidates and their campaigns see the race, their strengths and their opponents’ weaknesses.

Mrs. Clinton has a thick dossier on Mr. Trump after months of research and meetings with her debate team, including analysis and assumptions about his psychological makeup that Clinton advisers described as critical to understanding how to knock Mr. Trump off balance. Mrs. Clinton has concluded that catching Mr. Trump in a lie during the debate is not enough to beat him: She needs the huge television audience to see him as temperamentally unfit for the presidency, and that she has the power to unhinge him.

Mr. Trump, in turn, is approaching the debate like a Big Man on Campus who thinks his last-minute term paper will be dazzling simply because he wrote it.

He has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.

There is a bunch more but it doesn’t get any better. (For some strange reason Democrats think the NYT is pro-Trump.)

Trump has already won the expectations game. Yesterday Chris Hayes tweeted:

Off-the-record Trump advisor: “Frankly we’re almost 100% sure he’s gonna just drop trow and moon Hillary. We’re terrified.”

Hayes later deleted the tweet and now claims it was a joke, but it really does capture the situation – all Trump has to do to win is show up and not show his ass. Hillary, on the other hand, can’t win without Trump’s help. Somehow she has to get Donald to show his ass.

If this were an academic debate Hillary would win easily. She is a policy wonk who has spent years mastering the minutia of government and polishing her presentation. But none of that will matter. Presidential debates are performances, and Donald Trump is a master showman.

I expect Hillary to attack Trump early and often. Her goal will be to piss him off so that he loses his temper on stage. I’m sure she has memorized some quotable lines she can use in both direct attacks and as comebacks to things he might say. She needs to knock him out.

All Trump needs to do is survive. He doesn’t need to land any punches. He doesn’t need to dazzle people with his command of policy. If I was him I would make the argument that the president is the CEO of the federal government, and he will hire experts and delegate the details to them. He could point out that he built a construction empire but he’s not an architect.

Trump’s goal is to look presidential. According to Hillary and the media Trump is a hot-tempered idiot with a yuge ego. I expect Trump to be warm and funny and relatively low-key. Remember when Reagan said “There you go again” in response to Carter’s strident attacks? That’s what I’m expecting to see Monday night.

This will be the first of three debates. I expect to see three different Trumps. I expect to see the same Hillary at every debate.

Game changer: If Hillary has an extended coughing fit or some kind of health “episode” during one of the debates then Melania can start shopping for a gown to wear to the inaugural ball.


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42 Responses to The Upcoming Dog and Pony Show

  1. votermom says:

    I can’t decide whether or not I’m watching.

  2. Kathy says:

    We are overdue for a win..been wandering in the wilderness for eight long years., my team lost today and I have to listen to that damn ‘Rocky Top’ song for another year.

    • lateblum says:

      I’m “watching” the Northwestern v. Nebraska game. It has already been a very bad season for NU They’ve lost to Northern Michigan and some other small school. How they’ll manage against a powerhouse like Nebraska – – – well it’ll take a miracle.
      Sorry you’ll have to listen to “Rocky Top” for another year.
      (Who is your team and who is “Rocky Top”?)

      • Kathy says:

        Florida..both my girls and money went there. And Tennessee plays Rocky Top nonstop..especially when they beat us. Hope Northwestern has a better season. I’ve always liked college football..not the pro’s much..too sterile.

        • lateblum says:

          I prefer college football, too. And for years before we moved here, Northwestern was my team of choice. Probably because their colors are purple and white. I was such a girl. Purple was my favorite color. This year, I’m not watching pro ball for many reasons. I don’t even know how the Packers did against Minnesota last week. 😦

      • kanaughty says:

        Unless by some miracle my college played UW or WSU, it’s never on tv. I would have to go to the school or their away games to see them 😦 so anyone who has an alumni team they can watch on tv are lucky ducks 🙂 ya lucky ducks. (Ps, i went to central WA univ)

  3. Ann says:

    Not watching (maybe taping). Hubby signed us up for Bridge lessons on Mondays. I can’t wait to read the comments here!

  4. SHV says:

    I wonder if Jennifer Flowers will wear something with a blue hue.

  5. Somebody says:

    I would love to watch and may watch the beginning, but I have to get up at 4:45am. I may manage to stay awake through the whole thing, but I’ll be sorry the next day if I do.

  6. lateblum says:

    Probably not watching . At least not very much if at all.
    I came over to say that the Chicago gangs have “standards”. Who knew?
    There have been several fires set (at least 5 in recent days) following which bodies were discovered. Pretty gruesome actually. Sadly there have also been innocents included in the deaths by fire. Families have been displaced, people injured. It seems there is a pattern and according to the latest radio reports. They may have been set by “gang foot soldiers” trying to “even the score” somehow.
    A minister (Rev Holmes) who has been working the streets on the West side for years has been going house to house, building to building, trying to encourage people to talk. He has interviewed gang leaders and has come away with the insight that even the gangs are opposed to this “cowardly and unacceptable” behavior.
    Because #Standards. No one is snitching, though. Again, #Standards.
    This minister has been working to try to stop gun violence for years. He is an honest person. Last year, his 35 y/o daughter, who lived in Indiana with her 5-6 kids was the victim of gang violence in Indiana. She was filling her car at a gas station and gun fire erupted between gang members. She was hit and killed. Rev. Holmes was as devastated as anyone would be, It hasn’t diminished his mission to end the violence. Only now the type of violence has taken a darker turn.
    BTW: I’m shocked that arson would go against gang standards but the execution of a 9 year old child last year barely made a ripple.

    • DandyTIger says:

      That tower guy that ignored the emergency hopefully was fired. When a pilot declares an emergency, they’re in control. The tower has to follow them and do what they need. The rude stuff was really funny. Nothing like a high pressure job.

  7. SHV says:

    Mall shooter(?) arrested.
    “The suspect is Arcan Cetin, who was born in Adana, Turkey and is 20 years old. “

    • Venus says:

      I thought that punk looked more middle eastern than Hispanic.

    • Venus says:

      And a Hillary supporter.

    • Constance says:

      So… another naturalized citizen from the middle east. That just makes me sick. Still no word on if he knew any of his victims. Clearly whoever is vetting immigrants has no idea what they are doing. He didn’t really look Hispanic to me either. But I never heard the authorities call him Hispanic only the witnesses described him that way then the media started in with it. He looked maybe half white half Native American or Hispanic.

  8. lateblum says:

    I’m unplugging for the night. See y’all sometime tomorrow.

  9. Dora says:

  10. Dora says:

    My God! Hillary doesn’t even plan to talk about issues. It will just be attack, attack, attack. I secretly hope that in the middle of one of her rants, she gets dizzy, grabs on to the podium and slides down to the floor, where she remains until someone comes to help.

    Am I mean? Of course, but I don’t care. She has a way of bringing out the meanness in me.


    How Hillary Clinton plans to ‘get under Donald Trump’s skin’ in Monday night’s presidential debate

    Rather than focusing on policy Mrs Clinton’s campaign has decided to turn the epic showdown on Monday night into a referendum on Mr Trump’s temperament and character, hoping to goad him into an outburst that will make him look “unhinged,” her allies said.

    • Lulu says:

      That will not work for her at this time. Her “filter” is not working. She can’t control her voice (either monotone or screaming and no in-between) nor her head wagging. She also is not quick witted enough or pithy to spar with him. I don’t think she ever was that type anyway so why she would suddenly develop that ability is unknown. So their plan is a short, dumpy Hillary popping off at a large tall man with her horrible uncontrollable voice while sporting a resting bitch face or a smirk while trash talking and trying to bait him? Trump ain’t Bill. I guess he could just stand there and take it until he asks “If I write you check will you go away?”

      The progs have been hyping her “policy” creds for years. But her “team” now know the public doesn’t like her Obama III policies so that is out. Muslims killing random people, race riots, national security laws ignored and her own health is going against her. She really, really thinks trying to get under a person’s skin who has been negotiating at a high level for decades hasn’t seen this tactic before? He just has to look at her like she is a loon and swat her away. This should be beneath her dignity and it is insulting to the voting public. What will she and her Obama-ite team sink to next?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Well, I just saw a Hillary approved ad using NeverTrumper Republicans saying bad things about Trump concluding that Republicans even think Trump is unfit and dangerous. Then I thought, nobody likes those people anyhow, Trump won’t lose his base and may even shore up some more Dem and Indie votes ! It was that pathetic of a smear.

  11. driguana says:

    Wouldn’t miss it!

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Good morning deplorables !

  13. Dora says:

    Until next time.


    Andrew Jackson statue still stands in Jackson Square after protesters try to break through police barricades

    • blowme0bama says:

      We were watching a local news stream of the march and some commie woman was leading it with a bullhorn coaching the chant, “We won’t have no satisfaction”, “Till we bring down Andrew Jackson”. I just had to laugh. So, that will finally satisfy you?

      • taw46 says:

        That is funny, because we know nothing will ever satisfy them. They have already changed names of schools. They want every last statue pulled down. Then they want every street name changed. They want all of it, and all of us, gone. Still won’t be happy.

        • blowme0bama says:

          I think it would be wonderful for the to take down Andrew Jackson, hell, burn down St. Louis Cathedral, the entire French Quarter. Let ’em have it, then sit in it.

        • blowme0bama says:

          I’ll add there was also talk about the fleur de lis being racist for some reason. It’d be wonderful if they went there and demanded the N.O. Saints remove the emblem from the helmet.

    • kanaughty says:

      Luckily he is in a park that has a fence they close up at night. And the quarter is so busy with people and cops at night, i don’t think protesters would be able to take him down in the shroud of darkness. Plus they film a lot of movies and tv in that area so their are usually spot lights illuminating that area so they really couldn’t get away with it. I don’t know if it’s considered a national park area, but that would also make it worse if they were caught damaging him. Plus a lot of louisiana folks would be really upset with them and there’d be a lot of backlash since that particular symbol is such a symbol of the quarter and sky line. It would be like bringing down the space needle or eiffel tower or saint louis arch, it would be really bad for those people if they actually took him down.

      • kanaughty says:

        Having lived there, this makes me really sad that a vocal minority can cause such damage and deem something as hateful after being a symbol of the city for decades

        • taw46 says:

          It is sad, and I agree with you it is a minority. Unfortunately, for years now the minority seems to get their way. I read the New Orleans media websites last year, when Landrieu and his panel were voting to remove the other 4 statues. Seems majority of residents of all races were not complaining about statues, many did not even know who they represented. In the comments it was a small number of SJWs, most from outside of Louisiana, who wanted everything removed.

  14. lateblum says:

    They are running scared. It was never more evident than last night on Twitter.
    Last night on Twitter, there was a barrage of anti-Trump and anti-Trump supporters tweets. It was brutal. Charges of racism and misogyny – particularly from a favorite (of mine) UW follower. At one point I asked “Seriously?” The fear/hate was palpable. I could smell and taste it.
    A couple of the nasty (I assume) tweets were removed or “no longer available”. I can only imagine what they were like.

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