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Fri Sep 30, 2016, 10:32 AM

Analysis: First debate was a defeat for Trump - here's why the second could be a massacre

If the first step to fixing your problem is acknowledging you have a problem, Donald Trump is in some serious trouble. We're 10 days from his second debate with Hillary Clinton, and while most voters and virtually every sane observer agree that Trump did poorly in the first debate, a spate of reporting suggests that his campaign, and especially Trump himself, are in a state of deep denial about what happened and what he needs to do in order to have a different outcome next time.

But that's not all. Because of the format of the second debate, Trump stands to do even worse than he did in the first debate, and Clinton could do even better.

I'll explain why that is in a moment, but first, let's take a quick tour around Trumpland today.

- The New York Times reports that because of Trump's short attention span and staff chaos, his preparation for the first debate devolved into him and a few advisers including Rudy Giuliani and Roger Ailes sitting around shooting the breeze: "There were early efforts to run a more standard form of general election debate-prep camp. . .But Mr. Trump found it hard to focus during those meetings, according to multiple people briefed on the process who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. That left Mr. Ailes, who at the time was deeply distracted by his removal from Fox and the news media reports surrounding it, discussing his own problems as well as recounting political war stories, according to two people present for the sessions."

http://www.heraldtribune.com/zz/elections/20160930/analysis-first-debate-was-defeat-for-trump---heres-why-second-could-be-massacre

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Reply Analysis: First debate was a defeat for Trump - here's why the second could be a massacre (Original post)
Zorro Sep 2016 OP
tonyt53 Sep 2016 #1
Auggie Sep 2016 #2
Madam45for2923 Sep 2016 #3
mythology Sep 2016 #6
patricia92243 Sep 2016 #4
Madam45for2923 Sep 2016 #5

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 30, 2016, 10:34 AM

1. Hillary was criticized during the primaries for doing so many small town halls meetings.

 

She knew exactly what she was doing. No "look at my huuuuge rallies". Nope, she looked the questioner in the eye and listened. As soon as somebody hit Trump with a question he doesn't want, he will go bonkers.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 30, 2016, 11:00 AM

2. Good read ... kicked and recommended

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 30, 2016, 11:05 AM

3. They just need to fix the microphone! ~ that's all!

 

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Response to Madam45for2923 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 30, 2016, 01:42 PM

6. Yes, if the off switch was set properly

 

Nobody would know how many lies he spewed, how he thinks paying taxes are for stupid people, how utterly unprepared he was, and just how badly Clinton defeated him at the debate.

Granted it wouldn't change all of those being accurate, but the silence would hsve at least left some room for doubt.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 30, 2016, 11:17 AM

4. If/when he jumps down the throat of an audience member, he really will be

toast. And, if he doesn't do it right that minute, he will go on and on about it for days.

He needs to riled up daily until after the election. Those that know how - and he cares what they say - need to be diligent on this.

This way he can get plenty of publicity - all negative.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Sep 30, 2016, 01:21 PM

5. From what we're hearing, he could be headed for an outright debacle.

 

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