Today, 07:58 AM
I already said this on another thread, but I'll recap here just because I don't think you can blame the moderator here for Trump's bad performance. Was he biased? Yes, he was. However, Trump chose to stay on the defensive side whereas it would have been so, so easy to turn this thing around and bring it back to Hillary. As I've said before, Trump is easily goaded, full of ego, and extremely predictable, so his opponents can play him like a fiddle. He's like a fish who bites at any hook in the water and never learns not to take the bait when it's presented! His rudder is always visible and a few words can steer it in any direction you want it to go, and Hillary used this weakness to her full advantage. It's like she knows Verbal Aikido!
Most candidates can side-step this bias problem by highlighting the issues and deflecting the attacks back at Hillary, but Trump has an insatiable desire to defend his own ego against any and all attacks. What's worse, he does this through anectodal evidence (just ask Sean Hannity!) and not through the record, so it can't really be fact-checked easily. He allegedly called a Latino woman Ms. Piggy and a housekeeper. What does he do next? Shrug his shoulders and say, "That's just show biz!" and proceed to point out Hillary's own race problems? No, he attackes Rosie O'Donnel (again) and proceeds to whine about how mean Hillary has been to him in her ads. He looks immature and unable to own up to his own actions and words, citing his own lack of smear ads as positive proof that he's an all-around nice guy.
Hillary knew that her best defense against her questionable record and easily deconstructed arguments was to have a good offense. Poke at Trump and keep him preoccupied with himself. You don't have to even be a masterful debater to pull that off, as Trump's skin is so thin it's practically translucent. Moreover, when he does go on the attack, it's almost always on superficial things. When Rand pointed it out, Trump's defense against his accusations was weak and only seemed to prove his point further. There are so many things to criticize Hillary over, but stamina and looks just weren't what he should have gone for.
The facts are simple. Donald Trump did very poorly this debate. He believes in the message as opposed to the actually policy details. He claims that voters don't care about the nitty gritty and just want to know the message. It's like someone who dreams of walking on the moon, but has no idea how to build a rocket and only rudimentary knowledge of outer space. They can see Point B and dream about it, but they have no idea how to reach it. However, they believe that the very fact that they can see Point B means they're worthy of respect. At least that's how he came across last night.
Hillary, unfortunately, is such a Washington insider that she knows policy inside and out. She stuck to arguments on policy and sounded way more professional than Trump, even if you could easily point out the flaws in her reasoning. It was almost like watching an adult debate a child. The child, you could argue, has a better big-picture plan (although I personally don't think Trump is much better than Clinton), but the adult will win every time, no matter how awful he is.