Does this Debate Actually Matter?

Does this Debate Actually Matter?

The final showdown is tonight folks, appropriately set in the City of Sin. The previous debates have set records for viewership, although it’s unclear if people are watching to be informed or because it’s the kind of disaster you don’t want to watch but from which you can’t seem to pull your eyes away. Here’s what we know going into the third WWE match:

  1. Trump is down in the pollsSignificantly.   
     
  2. Hillary is different privately than she is publicly. SHOCKING.
     
  3. Chris Wallace is the debate moderator; he is from Fox News, but he is a registered Democrat. All the same, the liberal media will scream “he’s biased against Hillary!”
     
  4. Both candidates are bringing guests to try to throw off their opponent. It’s not likely that this tactic will be successful, with the possible exception of the mother of a Benghazi victim that Trump is bringing.
     
  5. The standard is higher for this debate. No longer will Trump be able to “just act normal” and Hillary “just don’t screech.” They truly have to convince the voters that they are better for the country than the person they are running against. Will they be able to use this debate to do it? That remains to be seen.
     

Expect the following topics to be discussed:

  • Podesta emails. As in, the private server of a private citizen that was hacked to bring us joyous revelations about what Hillary Clinton REALLY thinks about certain issues and people (i.e. “needy latinos” and “did the state department scheme with the FBI?!”). See more HERE and HERE.
     
  • Trump Tapes. Does he actually care about women? Don’t forget Melania’s somewhat disastrous interview with Anderson Cooper in which she tries to defend his misogynistic remarks, but only succeeds in painting herself as his “yes woman.” Loyalty aside, it is galling that someone could simply brush off such comments made by their husband. Melania should search out some self-respect.
     
  • Global economies. In the emails recently published, Hillary says in a Wall Street speech that she “dreams of a hemispheric market with open borders.” She also said: “My concern is that the negligence of a few will adversely affect the majority. I've long been a believer in the ‘look at the solution, not the problem’ theory. In this case, the solution is clear. We will have to leave borders behind and go for global unity when it comes to financial stability.” OH WAIT. That last sentence was something Trump said in 2013. He would be wise to bring up the former sentence and ideally she would competently be able to counter with the latter. My money is on neither of those things happening.
     

The undecided voters typically tend to be younger rather than older (I’m looking at you, millennials!), so it’s hard to say whether or not they could sway this election. Undecideds tend to be of the Bernie Sanders mentality, which means they are not fans of Trump or Clinton. So what do they need to see in the debate tonight to change their minds one way or the other?

In a roller coaster election like this one, it is hard to pinpoint even now what could sway an undecided voter. Clinton is up 7, 9, or even 15 in almost all scientific polls across the board from Fox News (see map below) to Bloomberg, not including online polls (which give people the freedom to vote for one person as many times as they would like) and one LA Times poll, which asks questions differently and changes daily.

While we like to see polls to assess where things stand, this election, truth be told, nothing is concrete. Between the daily bombshells being released on Clinton and the rhetoric that continually gets Trump blasted, who knows what will happen.

If the polls are right and Hillary has been pulling ahead in the last few weeks, well, that’s nothing short of baffling, and no compliment to Trump! If the emails released and the recent Veritas undercover video exposing the corruption among the Clinton campaign and the DNC hasn’t secured her a loss, will anything? If Trump can drive points home about the core principles of his campaign, economy and safety, this may prove to be of benefit, but will it be enough?  

Today’s trending hashtag on twitter is #debateheadache. Arm yourselves with painkillers OR wine (not both) and get ready for the final circus. And remember that it will be over in 20 days.

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