- Hillary Clinton was her usual self — usually focused, occasionally dodging, definitely prepared. Of all of her answers, I was most impressed with her response to abortion and women’s rights. You could hear this was an issue she not only knew inside and out but also felt in her soul. This was not the cautious and technocratic Clinton. Slate is right: This is why we need more women in politics.
This is about women, about us. It’s one of the major differences between this presidential election cycle and every other one. When men discuss abortion among themselves, as they do in far too many policy discussions, it takes on a detached air of philosophical principles. When Clinton’s on the stage, it becomes about flesh and blood: women’s bodies and their most private, sacred rights to determine the courses of their own lives.
- Donald Trump started strongly — you could tell he’d actually prepared for this debate — but the man is incapable of letting a slight go. As with previous debates, when Clinton inserted the needle, Trump reacted. He even responded when Clinton pointed out that he was upset that he hadn’t won an Emmy for “The Apprentice.” Does he have a sense of humor about anything?
- Most of the stories today are focusing on Trump’s determination to keep the nation in suspense if he loses the election. But I was more struck by his talk about running the country the way he ran The Trump Organization. Oh? You’re going to file for bankruptcy? You’re going to stiff workers? You’re going to focus on the brand at the expense of the product? If we’re going to have a businessman run the country one day, there are a number of better choices.
- This was the first time I felt myself flagging during one of the debates. I think, like most of the country, I’ve had quite enough of this campaign. And yet we still have 18 days to go. (I know because there a number of handy countdown clocks. I can’t wait for one of them to end up in the lower right-hand corner of CNN’s screen.) Forget the hyperloop or that promising new CO2 conversion process. What we really need is a time machine.
Though not the one in “A Sound of Thunder.” Please.