Kathleen and I watched the debate, and Hillary impressed us greatly, as expected. Donald turned our stomach, as expected.
I decided after reading the editorial below, not to post it. I had posted the NYT editorials endorsing Hillary, and condemning Donald, yesterday on blog 1, Inconvenient News. Then I read this comment, which I had to post:
“This was just surreal.
If self-medicating works the proof it can be found in Trump’s deflated fans who proclaim his victory.
My mom — almost 100 now — is Chinese from a generation taught to defer to men and view unfavorably women who achieve prominence. In her mind and from her culture there’s a natural order and women aren’t part of it. That’s despite her degree from St. John’s University in Shanghai, regarded as the “Harvard of China.” Despite being a single immigrant woman, raising two sons while employed as a translator and journalist at Chinese publications where she was the only woman.
By virtue of his gender alone Trump would win my mom’s support. I watched tonight with her. She smiled when Trump talked and knitted her brow when Hillary spoke. Five minutes in, when Trump grew obnoxious, my mother began to look irritated and soon contemptuous. “What kind of man is he? He is insults his parents with his behavior. He humiliates them with such low class manners.”
Hillary? Maybe it was her lucky (for Chinese) red pantsuit but “This is an educated woman from a good family. You can see that in the proper way she speaks and her bravery to speak forcefully to that man. I feel sorry for that man’s wife but she must be a stupid girl to have married him.”
Trump had my mom by default. In 90 minutes he broke 100 years of deeply ingrained male bias. At her age she uses an absentee ballot. After the “debate” she went looking for it. She had seen and heard enough.”
“Debate” is an iffy word for an exercise in which candidates are prompted by moderators to dole out their stump speeches bit by bit under hot lights while a clock counts the seconds and every quip and jab and stumble is used to keep score and proclaim a “winner.”But when just one candidate is serious and the other is a vacuous bully, the term loses all meaning.Monday night’s confrontation between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was a spectacle, for sure: the sheer reality-TV hugeness of it, the Super Bowl audience of tens of millions. “Debate of the Century,” said The Drudge Report. “America on the Brink,” said The Huffington Post. For once, the hype may have been about right, given the tightness of the polls and the nearness of the election.There was a fundamental asymmetry to the exercise, because of the awful truth that one of the participants had nothing truthful to offer. But seeing them on the same stage distilled exactly who they have been throughout this campaign.”
Here is a comment I particularly liked:
“Clinton: polished, knowledgeable, calm, unflappable. She was funny at times, never nasty, and without ever breaking a sweat hoisted Donald Trump on his petard using this horrible record.
Trump: rattled, interrupting (51 times he interrupted Clinton), screaming, rambling, stringing together words as if that would endow them with sense. He even nuttily suggested China invade North Korea!
His presence on stage raises the serious question, what were Republican voters thinking? Out of all those primary candidates, some with real experience and smarts (John Kasich, for example), THIS is who you nominate? This person who seemed to have escaped from a child care facility?
And remind me again, what was Lester Holt’s role? Oh, that’s right. MODERATOR. He seemed barely capable of getting a word in edgewise over Trump.
Like her or not, Hillary Clinton shows that she’s ready to be president. Donald Trump looked like he was ready to find the quickest exit out of that room and this race.”
I added a reply:
Sleater, I love your comment, thank you.
I must be getting hawkish in my old age, but I thought asking China to invade North Korea was Trump’s only good idea. I read once, that China controls North Korea’s fresh water supplies. While this might not be true, China has a lot of power over the small country that hangs from it like a small branch. If China just joined in with severe sanctions, they could probably close down North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Sun Tsu once wrote, thousands of years ago, in China, the easiest way to fight an army, is not to fight them, but to take out their leadership, and watch them disintegrate.