I was at a baseball game during the first Presidential debate and at a movie during the Vice-Presidential debate. I was happy to be at the baseball game and I enjoyed the movie.
Sadly Sunday I was home upstairs working and wandered downstairs to talk to Ellen. I want to emphasize I was not sad to talk to Ellen but sad that she had on the TV the second Presidential debate which I stayed and watched for a while, sort of like when you come across some horrific scene you really did not want to see in the first place but have difficulty not continuing to stare at.
My takeaway from the debate was that each candidate’s framing main question to consider when making a decision between the two was whether it was more credible and more important that:
- Vladimir Putin was trying to elect Donald Trump, or that
- Hillary Clinton should be in jail
While I have opinions about those two issues, it is not obvious to me that either candidate’s stature was enhanced by the exchange.
Finally it is not clear to me whether I find Donald Trump’s denial of ever actually doing anything he talked about on the recently released tape less or more credible than Hillary Clinton’s defense of her remarks on having different public and private policies by referring to Abraham Lincoln as her role model.