Monday, August 22, 2016

Will there even be presidential debates?

by Mouser The King Cat

We are still more than a month away from the first real presidential debate. That is opposed to the 622 or so preliminary skirmishes in the nominating processes. The site will be Hofstra University on Long Island.

On top of the usual pre-debate arguments about who will moderate, whether the candidates will stand or sit, blah blah, heavier questions hang. When the schedule was announced, the Trump camp objected to the dates, pointing out that two of the three conflicted with national telecasts of NFL games. The “they want to hide Hillary” talk led to a spate of stories, apparently made up out of whole cloth, about how he might skip the debates.

Superstar blogger Ann Althouse recently speculated that Clinton, with health problems the mainstream media go to great lengths to never mention, might be the one who backs out. Ms. Althouse:

“If Hillary can maintain her lead in the polls, why would she want to subject herself to the kind of treatment we’ve seen Trump deliver in debates? … If she’s on a clear path to victory, what would he do to her when he’s got nothing left to lose? She might think that just standing there solidly allowing him to be offensive in her presence would make a powerful implicit argument in her favor … But it’s still risky. There are now attacks on her physical and neurological fitness, and any flubbing of lines or seeming shakiness will be used against her.”

Ms. Althouse, a law professor, speculates about how some Clinton political strategists might be proactive:

If Hillary calls in sick, she will enjoy the full-throated approval of most of media outlets, which will stand on their heads to somehow call the idea of presidential debates un-American. But a question will linger: If she can’t stand down a real estate developer, how will she fare against Vladimir Putin?

I hate debates, but if this one comes off as scheduled, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Eastern, the Falcons and Saints won’t keep me from watching.        

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