Hillary and the debate rules

Against expectations, the Presidential Debate Commission has adopted rules that do not favor Hillary Clinton.  She will have to stand the entire 90 minutes.  With no stool.  And no commercial breaks.  Her campaign’s request that she have a booster to make her appear close in height to Donald Trump was turned down.

She struck out.

An hour and a half under bright lights, facing pure stress, gravity pressing her body onto her legs and feet, staying balanced the whole time.

Worrying about a seizure.

Look for one or more bathroom breaks.  Then look for claims she took meds when she went to the little girls' room.

How could this have happened to Our Gal Hill? Lifezette told us a week ago:
The men and women who run the supposedly “nonpartisan” Commission on Presidential Debates have put their money where their mouths are — and it all has gone to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The amount of money is small by the standards of a modern presidential campaign, but it is one-sided. A pair of Ph.D. candidates at Stanford University examined campaign finance reports and found that all of the $5,650 in contributions that commission members have made to presidential candidates during this election season have gone to Clinton.

Here is what I think happened:

The Commission represents only the two big parties (note that there are only two eagles on its logo), so members are by definition members of their party establishment.  The Dems donated to their candidate, the establishment’s choice.  And the Republicans donated to their establishment candidates, not Trump.

However, now that NeverTrumps are reverting to the fold, the Repubs on the Commission do want Trump to win.  The sheer awfulness of Dem control of the Supreme Court alone has persuaded a lot of people to come home to the party’s nominee after their months of grouching.

I am pretty sure the Republicans told their Democrat counterparts that articles like Lifezette’s would be numerous if they went out of their way to change the rules for Hillary.  Look what’s happened to James Comey’s reputation.

And lurking beneath the surface is everyone’s worry that the Commission itself could lose legitimacy.  The denial of the stage to Gary Johnson has a lot of people angry.  They can’t afford to lose the independents and the Republicans by appearing to be Hillary puppets.

The next round of presidential debates could be very different, especially if Trump wins.  Bureaucracies tend to place their own survival above all other goals.