09-27-2016, 08:12 PM
Trump got stuck in a quagmire of his own ego and self importance instead of making the easiest attacks on an incredibly vulnerable and scandal prone opponent.
He began the debate solidly going on the offensive and making strong attacks against Hillary, but then as soon as they asked about his audit, he starting bumbling and rambling on and on. He was on the defensive for no reason the rest of the way. He would turn questions unrelated to anything having to do with his business record, to doing just that, endlessly defending his business record and his character. He had many opportunities to attack Hillary on the most obvious things, the e-mails, her terrible foreign policy record, questions of her health, and he just flat out fudged these attacks. I think he said maybe one to two lines about the e-mails and failed entirely to mention Benghazi and had maybe one other line about Hillary not being "tough" enough, which I assume was a reference to her health.
If his plan is the long game, fine, he did a great job of lowering just about everyone's expectations for round 2, and he could be on a path to peak by the end of round 3. If his plan was to nail Hillary on all of the big scandals and paint her as a lying fraud, he failed. Either way, it was just sad to see that this is what it has come to, one of these two people, will be the next President.