Last night I watched two political cripples take swats at each other. Both candidates were vulnerable as the result of their own corruption, maleficence and treachery. Each was fully exposed to the other. Neither had any real hope of self defense. Each stood vulnerable in open country and open to attack at the front, flanks and rear.
Yet neither could draw much blood on the other. If either of these impaired candidates was facing an actual statesman, he or she would have been easily crushed and humiliated. But neither faced a statesman. Neither faced even a competent pol.
Each faced a hamstrung, hobbled, political weakling.
There will be talk today about who won the debate but there were no winners last night. Debates are won by gaining voters you didn’t have going in, not by getting your core constituency to gloat about a supposed victory. Last night each candidate spent the evening throwing red meat to each of their base supporters. I doubt either candidate changed almost any minds last night.
I didn’t watch a debate. I watched an ineffective slap fight.
Sadly, one of these two will be president. What a disaster.