|This pretty much sums it up.|
Clinton was the clear winner in this debate. I don't think we can expect anything new in the next ones; both candidates did their absolute best. Clinton, to her credit, has demonstrated a small learning curve with her improvements in style. Trump has shown that he has no concept of scale or forum. His supporters are notorious for embracing his rudeness and mistaking his bluster for competence, and he has no conception that what works at his rallies, where the entire audience has a collective IQ below room temperature, does not work with the rest of the world. His attitude is "They like me, they nominated me, so I am obviously doing something right". The purpose of the debates is lost on him. Given how absurdly close the race is, this election has become a referendum on stupidity. If he wins -- if his performance last night, in which I seem to recall him mentioning Rosie O'Donnell and answering a question on how he'd promote racial healing by boasting that he'd made Obama show his birth certificate, does indeed convince a majority of voters to choose him as the next president -- then I give up on humanity.