No way I was going to watch it live, but I knew Twitter would not let me down.
JBL20010 • 25 minutes ago
Frank Luntz focus group of 20 undecided voters calls a TKO for Hillary.
Clinton won: 17 votes
Trump won: 3 votes
Tax question weakened him, birther question buried him.
Hercules Mulligan @johnvmoore
Next time Trump pats himself on back for making POTUS present his birth certificate someone should yell “That’s why Black folks HATE YOU!”
Wesley Lowery ✔ @WesleyLowery
Donald Trump just said he did black Americans a favor by questioning the legitimacy of the 1st black president.
This happened. In real life
Al Giordano @AlGiordano
I see a man choking at a podium. Who’s quack doctor should have given him antihistamines. Very Nixonian night for him.
Michael Smerconish ✔ @smerconish
He said he voluntarily settled the 1973 discrimination suit but didn’t say – we didn’t discriminate. #debatenight
10:39 p.m. What can one say? I was afraid that Trump’s charisma and stage presence and salesmanship might outshine Hillary Clinton’s usually tepid and wonkish instincts. I feared that the facts wouldn’t matter; that a debate would not take place. And it is to Clinton’s great credit that she prepared, and he didn’t, and that she let him hang himself.
His utter lack of preparation; his doubling down on transparent lies; his foreign-policy recklessness; his racial animosity; his clear discomfort with the kind of exchange of views that is integral to liberal democracy; his instinctual belligerence — all these suggest someone who has long lived in a deferential bubble that has become filled with his own reality.
Clinton was not great at times; her language was occasionally stilted; she missed some obvious moments to go in for the kill; but she was solid and reassuring and composed. I started tonight believing she needed a game-changer to alter the trajectory of this race. I may, of course, be wrong, trapped in my own confirmation bias and bubble — but I thought she did just that.
I’ve been a nervous wreck these past two weeks; my nerves are calmed now.
10:38 p.m. A reader writes:
A blinking, huffing manifestation of incoherent 21st century white male rage. He is offended by the temerity of his public servant opponent while incredulous that he is clearly in the presence of a sane person who is in possession of facts and reason. Cheap country club vulgarity. The only question is – is America seeing that too?
10:31 p.m. Clinton became the grown-up and the president in this last statement reassuring our allies. If Americans cannot see that at this point, there is, sadly, no real choice in this election. I say that as someone who is no fan of Hillary Clinton. There is simply no choice.