The Way I See It First debate a draw, give Hillary Clinton the edge on style points and presentation
It’s that time again… time for a little political commentary. I waited to write this until I saw Monday’s Presidential Debate. With Donald Trump seemingly gaining in the polls, and especially gaining ground in several key states, I think the debates are going to make or break the election.
But televised debates are finicky things to score. Once candidate can win on all the elements and issues but lose on appearance and perception. For me it is about answers to the questions, ability to show proper emotion on issues that come up and the ability to stay on track and not sidetrack yourself by inserting “talking points” at the wrong time. Answering the questions and staying on message can be a very difficult thing to do. The candidate who does it best will likely be declared the winner; providing they don’t show inappropriate anger or other emotions at the wrong times.
Like it or not, no matter how good the response, delivery will be crucial.
Hillary Clinton’s advantage – As a woman she will be regarded as concerned and caring if she is a bit low key and a subject of human tragedy or suffering can be inserted into the answer to a question. Common human gender bias will give her points for appropriate emotional responses.
Disadvantage – Anger, frustration and appearing to be “nippy or biting” in her responses will be viewed negatively. A certain, appropriately angry, response to something concerning an even like Benghazi could make her appear stronger but she has to show restraint in this area.
Donald Trump Advantage – He can get pointed and even angry in his responses if directed at bad characters, especially on the international stage. But he must be careful, generally a measured response will be his best bet. An appropriate level of anger properly applied can make him appear stronger but one miss-step could cost him the debate in the eyes of a significant segment of the public.
Disadvantage – Many members of the “Mainstream Media”, the medial in general and, of course, the Democratic Party are looking forward to even the smallest Donald Trump gaff to pounce on. He must appear strong but in-touch and he must avoid anything that would make him appear to be a “bully” when directing comments toward Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton has no such limitation in the same situation.
Did either of them pull it off?
Yes and no. Neither candidate had a major gaff, both candidates did well on a couple of points, I would call it a draw on the substance of the debate. Donald Trump got off into the weeds entirely too often and missed several opportunities score debate points Hillary did a better job of staying on point. Give Mrs. Clinton a slight, ever so small edge in delivery. Expectations for Mr. Trump were pretty low and he exceed those expectations so that was a plus for him.
In the final analysis neither candidate did anything I saw that would change anyone’s mind about who to vote for. However, that is normal in the debates. Both candidates are going after the undecided voters and polls later in the week will tell if either did that better than the other.
I don’t think they did and I doubt the polls will move much.Posted: by OverlieP