Even at her most scripted, Hillary comes off unprepared for the White House

The scoop for the public is that Matt Lauer was actually even handed in his questioning of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the NBC Forum.  Fair questioning showed individual style differences between the two respondents.  Trump is spontaneous, unscripted, boastful, but genuine, and sometimes too glib.  Meanwhile, Clinton is scripted, wonky, long-winded, defensive, and dishonest, and she lacks any genuine contrition for the errors in judgment she made during a 25-year career in the public. 

Last night's forum allowed Hillary the time to explain her use of personal email and server for classified materials.  She repeatedly misled and lied about the details but was able to give long answers, limiting follow-ups.  The new lie now relates to the missing headers.  But Lauer did try to get to the issues.  She could not explain the errors in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt; at the Veterans Administration; or in Benghazi, which begs how prepared she is to be commander.

Trump clearly was more prepared for the general debate environment, though he was in error when he said he would replace the generals.  Clearly, Obama has dismissed many more than the newer laws (since Vietnam) allow, but Trump may find that many excellent generals were ignored (as he found from the intelligence briefings).  He also needs to clarify how he sees Putin as a strong leader so that Americans of Eastern European heritage will not abandon him in two months.  Trump has trouble with nuances at times, but he does often recognize strategic issues.

While Hillary was on guard all thirty minutes, Trump appeared relaxed and dominant.  He leans forward and indicates that he is confident.  Hillary's body language is less assuring.

At least the negative attacks were less a factor than in their speeches.  This gives Trump a chance to state some of his policies.  Hillary often calls Trump unsuited for the position due to his personality.  He makes pronouncements that have to be reworked, as he lacks subtlety.  But it is Hillary who is unsuited, as she has demonstrated poor judgment repeatedly. 

Hillary claims to be steady in her new commercials, and she claims that Trump is reckless.  Yet Trump has never wielded government power.  Clinton has held positions on the Foreign Relations Committee and was privy to secret information prior her vote on Iraq.  Yet she now says her Iraq vote was an error.  She claimed that the issue is to learn from these mistakes.  But she pushed for the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya, so she has not learned.  Conclusion: Hillary did not demonstrate the necessary expertise that is her only rationale for the foreign policy role.

Lauer asked Trump how he is prepared for the job as commander.  His answer should be different – he has some experience dealing with foreign leaders in business endeavors.  No matter how well prepared, the president of the United States will discover on the first day that there are issues he was unaware existed.  The president must learn on the job, but judgment is the critical determinant for success.  The past eight years demonstrate that failure is a poor option.

The scoop for the public is that Matt Lauer was actually even handed in his questioning of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the NBC Forum.  Fair questioning showed individual style differences between the two respondents.  Trump is spontaneous, unscripted, boastful, but genuine, and sometimes too glib.  Meanwhile, Clinton is scripted, wonky, long-winded, defensive, and dishonest, and she lacks any genuine contrition for the errors in judgment she made during a 25-year career in the public. 

Last night's forum allowed Hillary the time to explain her use of personal email and server for classified materials.  She repeatedly misled and lied about the details but was able to give long answers, limiting follow-ups.  The new lie now relates to the missing headers.  But Lauer did try to get to the issues.  She could not explain the errors in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt; at the Veterans Administration; or in Benghazi, which begs how prepared she is to be commander.

Trump clearly was more prepared for the general debate environment, though he was in error when he said he would replace the generals.  Clearly, Obama has dismissed many more than the newer laws (since Vietnam) allow, but Trump may find that many excellent generals were ignored (as he found from the intelligence briefings).  He also needs to clarify how he sees Putin as a strong leader so that Americans of Eastern European heritage will not abandon him in two months.  Trump has trouble with nuances at times, but he does often recognize strategic issues.

While Hillary was on guard all thirty minutes, Trump appeared relaxed and dominant.  He leans forward and indicates that he is confident.  Hillary's body language is less assuring.

At least the negative attacks were less a factor than in their speeches.  This gives Trump a chance to state some of his policies.  Hillary often calls Trump unsuited for the position due to his personality.  He makes pronouncements that have to be reworked, as he lacks subtlety.  But it is Hillary who is unsuited, as she has demonstrated poor judgment repeatedly. 

Hillary claims to be steady in her new commercials, and she claims that Trump is reckless.  Yet Trump has never wielded government power.  Clinton has held positions on the Foreign Relations Committee and was privy to secret information prior her vote on Iraq.  Yet she now says her Iraq vote was an error.  She claimed that the issue is to learn from these mistakes.  But she pushed for the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya, so she has not learned.  Conclusion: Hillary did not demonstrate the necessary expertise that is her only rationale for the foreign policy role.

Lauer asked Trump how he is prepared for the job as commander.  His answer should be different – he has some experience dealing with foreign leaders in business endeavors.  No matter how well prepared, the president of the United States will discover on the first day that there are issues he was unaware existed.  The president must learn on the job, but judgment is the critical determinant for success.  The past eight years demonstrate that failure is a poor option.