After reading the transcript: Donald Trump came out ugly, and stayed ugly for most of the debate. He stalked around scowling (other than when scratching his balls on Hillary’s chair!), and mostly spewed invective, including threatening to jail Hillary if elected. He also pulled in all the stupid shit he’s heard on Sean Hannity’s show, like the bullshit story about Hillary laughing about freeing a rapist. (More on that from a right-leaning defense attorney). Hillary didn’t rise to the bait but she didn’t really have an effective response to it either, saying “that’s not true” and pointing people at her web site really wasn’t effective (personally, I would have said at least once, “my, Mr. Trump, you have a vivid imagination!”). She did do a decent job of hitting her own talking points, as bland and boring as they often were. Once again I am reminded that Hillary Clinton is not a dynamic speaker, unlike, say, Elizabeth Warren.
To me, this was the most interesting thing I heard from Hillary, something you usually can’t hear through all the howling screech-monkeys that dominate media coverage of the race:
“Mr. Carter, I have tried my entire life to do what I can to support children and families. You know, right out of law school, I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund. And Donald talks a lot about, you know, the 30 years I’ve been in public service. I’m proud of that. You know, I started off as a young lawyer working against discrimination against African-American children in schools and in the criminal justice system. I worked to make sure that kids with disabilities could get a public education, something that I care very much about. I have worked with Latinos — one of my first jobs in politics was down in south Texas registering Latino citizens to be able to vote. So I have a deep devotion, to use your absolutely correct word, to making sure that every American feels like he or she has a place in our country.”
It’s interesting to investigate Hillary Clinton’s background and realize that, unlike her husband, she really has been involved in things to help the poor and people of color and children for a long, long time. I have no doubt that she is the prime driver behind the Clinton Foundation spending 89% of its money on programs that help children and schools. She doesn’t talk about any of that most of the time, and maybe she should. Not that it’d convince the howling screech-monkeys of anything, but it’d certainly make it easier for those of us inclined to the Democratic side in the first place to feel good about going to vote, rather than wincing and holding our nose.
– Badtux the Observant Penguin