Dana Bash described it thusly: “What a shitshow,” and I cannot come up with any refinement on that. Someone on Twitter: “Biden came prepared for a debate. Trump came in determined to prevent one.” — It sounds a lot like the famous Ray Bradbury quote (“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”), which seems darkly appropriate.
The only thing you really need to know is that Prznint Stupid was as frantic as a pack of Beagles in a vacuum cleaner factory, and probably Adderall’ed to his $70,000 haircut.
Politico tells us about Ruthie, an undecided voter from Pennsylvania who described the challenge Joe Biden faced as trying to win an argument with a crackhead.
“Those who did persist in watching were rewarded, in a perverse way: They witnessed history in the making. The proceeding was an epic spectacle, a new low in presidential politics, a new high watermark in national shame.”
I’m betting the most talked about moment, the one with some media legs is going to be:
Oddly, that shout-out to The Proud Boys was noticed:
It’s not unfair to say that the winner of the debate was White Supremacy. Also gonna say the loser was Hair Füror, because the only soundbite is gonna be his Proud Boys moment. That he could lose the suburbs even more, that soundbite will be cited as why.
“…I think that was a huge gaffe. And it’s been typical of the president when he gets backed into a corner he doesn’t like to be forced to say something. He made a huge mistake.”
People are probably going to say that Chris Wallace lost control of the debate, which is true, but that was by design. Wallace selected six general topics: the candidates’ records, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus, the economy, race and violence in cities, and election integrity. “Race and violence” plays straight into Hair Füror’s campaign theme, but at least Wallace promised not to fact-check any of Trump’s lies. Wallace also didn’t hold Trump to the agreed-upon rules.
Eric Boehlert argues that the next two debates should be cancelled, and I fully endorse that. These events are not debates (and have not been since The League of Women Voters were shoved out so our failed political press could preen) and I don’t think anyone would miss them.
The full transcript is here. The horror, the horror.
UPDATE 1: The White House brags:
(Hat tip: Crooks and Liars)
UPDATE 3: A really good reminder that this is more than just Hair Füror, this all the Republicans now:
UPDATE 4: Scissorhead Baron vonBeavis reports from The Guardian that the Mango-hued Shitgibbon is getting rave reviews from the UK:
“Debating Donald Trump is like debating a chimpanzee: he is less likely to deliver a thoughtful and substantive answer than he is to throw his own feces at you.”