Trump Is Better Positioned for the Next Two Debates Than the Pundits Dare Realize

In the first presidential debate Donald Trump achieved Job One: convincing independents that he is being mischaracterized and caricatured, that he really is a “normal” guy, just exuberant but essentially normal, under control, disciplined.  To the point that he is a plausible choice.  I believe that at the suggestion of his handlers he drank water whenever he felt the urge to interrupt or insult or felt himself “losing it.”  (The irony, of course, is that he mocked Marco Rubio for drinking lots of water during debates.  But, as with “All Things Trump,” the alternative is Hillary.  So drink away!) It seemed kind-of a draw.  I wanted him to hit her harder on the emails, the Clinton Foundation, the speaking fees, her 25 years of public scandals, even how she lied about her name.  But his most important job was to seem Presidential, no matter what, to seem plausible.  In that, he succeeded, much as he benefited...(Read Full Article)