9-26: Debate Preview

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

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Georgia Logothetis gathered blurbs from a slew of pundits regarding what we might expect from tonight’s debate. I offer them for interest value–high, low, eh–but mostly I encourage you to make your own decisions, come to your own conclusions.

I confess, no surprise, at this point I support Hillary Clinton. But

  1. I want Clinton to convince me she deserves my vote.
  2. I want to hear and evaluate for myself what Donald Trump has to say.

Here are snippets from Logothetis’ collection.

Aaron Kall’s, USA Today

[The] tactics that worked so well for him in the primaries will be difficult to replicate in his trio of upcoming debates against Clinton…. Trump won’t be able to brag about his major polling advantage…. And despite his longstanding disdain for super PACs, Trump officially endorsed one in July.

Trump will also find it difficult to repeat his attacks on moderators…. The gravitas of the moderators combined with Trump’s implicit endorsement of their selection will make it difficult for Trump to attack them during the debates….

Russell Berman, The Atlantic:

The two contenders are diametrically opposed in just about every way, from their visions of the country, to the policies they propose, to the way they comport themselves on stage. Trump is the improviser, a charismatic salesman whose penchant for jokes, insults, and bluster served him surprisingly well in the Republican primaries. Clinton is the epitome of practiced caution, a candidate with a well-known comfort for policy and preparation who rarely deviates from her script.

Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post

Presidential candidates rarely come to the debates with fresh facts. Instead, they rely on claims that have been scattered in their stump speeches for many months — claims that The Fact Checker has already put to the Pinocchio Test….

The list is longer for Trump because, frankly, he has been exceptionally fact-challenged in this campaign….

 From the Huffington Post:

Trump team builds ‘psychological profile’ of Clinton for debate

Donald Trump’s team has created a detailed analysis of Hillary Clinton’s debate style — including her body language and verbal tics — with the goal of helping the GOP nominee exploit weaknesses during Monday’s debate …

The “psychological profile,” as the analysis is being called, is based on a statistical analysis of videos from 16 years’ worth of Clinton’s debates, dating back to her 2000 campaign for Senate in New York, according to the operatives. They said it was assembled with assistance from a political data firm called Cambridge Analytica that specializes in “psychographic” modeling of voters and donors, and that Trump’s top advisers have been pleased with the results.

The advisers believe that the profile proves that Clinton has significant weaknesses and that they have identified her ‘tells’ — words, phrases or gestures she uses when she’s unsure of an answer, or is trying to deflect her way out of an uncomfortable question….

For example, according to one of the sources, an operative who works with the campaign, Trump’s debate prep team believes that the profile proves that when “she doesn’t know the answer, she says this, etc.” The goal, said the operative, is to get Trump to recognize the tendencies, “so when he hears her say ‘X’ he knows what is going on, and can respond accordingly.”

[I don’t know what that means, but there it is.  –paul]

Also of Interest:

Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump

Really? Really!

Despite the palpable animosity displayed by both men for each other, Cruz now says:

After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. […]

A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment.

Dial in, Discern, Decide

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