The Curmudgeon’s Presidential Salon — Debate 3

The third — and final — Presidential campaign debate is tonight. It starts at 9:00 PM in the Eastern US. We’re posting this early so you’ll know ahead of time that you can watch the debate online and post your comments, if any, right here. We’ll provide a few different internet choices. They should all be showing the same thing, but one never knows.

At the appropriate time, this is where you’ll find the Fox online show. And this is the debate on NCB. Here it is on CBS. If none of those are working, try ABC. One of those should do the job. If not, there’s always your TV set.

In case you’re wondering, your Curmudgeon has no enthusiasm for either candidate. Neither seems likable, at least to us. That is unfortunate, because it’s made the whole campaign unpleasant. Nevertheless, although likability is a big political advantage, it’s not the whole story.

We’re more interested in the candidates’ policies. We’re certain that the policies of one are worse than those of the other, so we’ll be voting for what we see as the better of the two in that regard — or the least bad, if you prefer. We don’t need to elaborate. Most of you already know (and disagree with) our political views, and we don’t intend to make a fuss about it here.

As we’ve done before, we urge you, dear reader, to keep your comments civil. The candidates may be slinging dirt, but we can do better. Okay, let the fun begin.

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20 responses to “The Curmudgeon’s Presidential Salon — Debate 3

  1. Debate..Hillary…says a few intelligent things. Trump….Blah blah blah …. LOOOVVVVE me, Adore MMMmmmeee, Worship mmmeeee!!! I know who trump resembles!!!!! The ahole xtian gawd!!!! That’s why they like him!!!!

  2. It starts in one hour.

  3. We’re certain that the policies of one are worse than those of the other, so we’ll be voting for what we see as the better of the two in that regard

    A curious conclusion, since one of the two has expressed no coherent policies at all.

    Sort of like Ken Ham and science, really.

  4. @L.Long

    I know who trump resembles!!!!! The ahole xtian gawd!!!!

    You’ll be getting letters from angry gawds.

  5. As terrible as this election is I hope it serves as a wake up call and spark some electoral reform.

    The electoral college system and the ability for corporations to infanantly spend money on the campaign only leads to distrust in the system and makes it near impossible for a third party to make a difference on a national level.

  6. spector567, the electoral college system is fundamental. The states choose the President.

  7. Hillary just mentioned that Trump began his campaign stating that Mexicans entering the U.S. are criminals, rapists, drug traffickers, etc. The split screen showed Trump shaking his head in apparent denial of what Hillary was saying. WTF?

  8. Hideo Gump:

    Typical. From the same file as “No one respects women more than me,” and “I know more about ISIS than all the generals.”

  9. One must admire his quick wit in the rejoinder to being called a puppet of Putin:
    “You’re the puppet.”

  10. realthog notes that

    one of the two has expressed no coherent policies at all.

    That was my first thought as well.

    But on reflection, that is simply a replay of the UK’s lamentable referendum on EU membership, where it is now manifest that the Leave campaign, which won by a small majority, doesn’t even have a coherent notion of what ‘Brexit’ should entail, never mind how to achieve it. No one actually knows what Brexit will actually be or when it will actually take place; the only thing that is absolutely certain is that, whatever form it takes, it will not match the expectations of a sizable portion of those who voted for it.

    Which should surprise no one, as simply calling for ‘change’ without any clear definition of what that ‘change’ should be or how to achieve it (or at what cost) is an invitiation to voters to project whatever pet desires they wish upon the ballot.

    And on further reflection, it is possible to detect–though it does mean wading through a lot of rhetorical bilge and flat-out falsehoods–some specific policies to be expected from a Trump Presidency, e.g. SCOTUS appointments that would welcome an opportunity to reverse Roe v. Wade and thereby return to Government control over womens’ bodies. And who knows? A SCOTUS that would be friendly to renewed efforts by such as the DI to push ‘Teach the Controversy’ legislation into public schools.

  11. @ retiredsciguy: I feel your pain.

    I’m old enough to remember when Republicans were the safe and sensible party. The worst that could be said about Republican leaders was that they could be a tad dull and conventional–but at they managed things competently, and their errors were mostly on the side of caution.

    If Trump is a Republican, then you really, really are the Pope!

  12. TomS highlights Mr. Trump’s

    quick wit in the rejoinder to being called a puppet of Putin

    Indeed! All the finesse of a todler bellowing, “No, you’re the poopy-head!”

    I cannot think of an election cycle that was quite so devoid of meaningful content–and the bar is set pretty low in the USA, in any event.

  13. “Likeable” shouldn’t even be a criteria for a President. Who cares if you or I “like” somebody? Hillary is COMPETENT, BRILLIANT, NUANCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE, EFFECTIVE. Trump is a crazy blowhard fool.

  14. Eddie Janssen

    A Trump presidency would be fun!
    It would really show his warped personality.

  15. I am being remarkably restrained, as befits my role as host of this salon.

  16. Trump must know that he is likely to lose. By whining about a “rigged election” and “dishonest media” he is preparing the losers to be sore losers. Trump wants there to be a lot of sore losers on November 9. Why? I suspect that Trump wants to be the next Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh rose to fame by nursing the grudges of sore loser Republicans after Bill Clinton won in 1992. Limbaugh told these people what they wanted to hear, and became a wealthy celebrity in the process. It appears that Trump is grooming an audience that will let him duplicate Limbaugh’s rise.

  17. Our Curmudgeon reports

    I am being remarkably restrained

    We know–and appreciate that. You may be one of the few people anywhere on the American political spectrum to demonstrate such tolerance.

    Although: Olivia was initially excited by your status report, thinking it meant the men in white coats had finally wrestled you into a straitjacket… 🙂

  18. Megalonyx, although I won’t comment on your political delusions, I think your imaginary relationship with Olivia adequately reveals the condition of your mind.

  19. What the heck is a “salon”? Are we getting our hair done?