The Debate: In case you had the benefit of being unconscious last night, the biggest takeaway is that Hillary Clinton got under Donald Trump’s famously thin skin. Here is a take on the winners and losers from last night as Roll Call put it, someone had to win!
Future Debates: Trump surrogate former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) suggests that Trump not take part in future debates unless he receives reassurances from the moderators. I am sure that President Putin will provide such things in negotiations as well. Giuliani’s rant against the non-moderator Lester Holt came just as Trump was saying nice things about Holt.
More Future Debates: Donald Trump is whining that certain topics were not covered in the debate while tons of negative things were said about him. It is called debate prep Donald… Hillary brought most of them up on her own to lay traps which you walked right into, let her pour gasoline all over you and then pull out a match.
Libertarian: Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson stated “We deserve better” after last night’s debate. Yes we do Gary… you need to get your polling above 15%. I am sure if Johnson is in his own reality (besides the real reality and the Trump reality Clinton referred to), but I think Trump and Clinton are great reflections of our political class and society in general.
Trump Campaign: Donald Trump has a roadmap to winning 270 electoral votes, but he does not have the means of getting there due to a very weak campaign apparatus that is surviving because of the inherent weakness of Clinton as a candidate.
Takeaways: CNN has 6 takeaways from last night’s debate. For those who had the benefit of not being conscious during the debate, here is a good start.
Financial Markets: The financial markets view the debate as a Clinton victory with the Mexico Peso gaining ground on the US Dollar and markets abroad being up generally.
Senate Republicans: While Senate Republicans have been busy distancing themselves from Donald Trump in various ways, the distancing might be paying dividends as Senate Republicans are being forced to build their own campaign apparatus, which might end up helping Trump.
Indiana: While former Senator Evan Bayh (DC) has been leading in the polls and has a cash on hand advantage, Bayh is now suffering from strong attacks from Republicans on a number of fronts including his lack of time spent in Indiana since he left the Senate and became a lobbyist.
House: As happens every cycle, candidates seeking higher office often abandon the House of Representatives in the last few months before the election. The dishonor of missing the most votes this year goes to Representative Loretta Sanchez (D).
WATH: Two time US Senate candidate Linda McMahon is busy as a fundraiser for Republican causes this cycle despite flushing 8 figures of cash down the toilet in two failed Senate bids.
AZ-Sen/PA-Sen: In case you needed more evidence that Senator John McCain (R) feels comfortable about his reelection chances, he ventured to Delaware County Pennsylvania to campaign for Senator Pat Toomey (R) in his reelection fight.