Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gut reaction or logic?

I am old enough to remember the Kennedy-Nixon debates before the election in 1960.

Nixon won on points, but ironically lost because he had a bad day (he had been sick) and had been given a bad makeup job.

So there you had a laughing and healthy looking JFK versus a sick looking, anxious looking and sweating Nixon, and although Nixon won the debate on points, he lost in image.

Kennedy, who was portrayed as a youngish unexperienced kid, came out looking presidential, whereas the very experienced Nixon came out looking frail and sick.

all of which was perception, not real (Kennedy's problem with chronic back pain and Addison's disease were not an issue at the time, but his inexperience almost led to WWIII, since Kruschev figured he was a wimp and after successfully putting up the Berlin wall,  tried to put missiles in Cuba... one doubts he would have tried this with Nixon in office).

So I didn't watch the modern debates like my politically savvy granddaughter or step son.

But AnneAltouse has a long discussion by her commenteres: and this one sort of says why Hillary has a problem with white Males:

She was the bitchy ex-wife in divorce negotiations, and I don't think it will play well with the rest of America.

and she links to Dilbert, who says:

Trump needed to solve exactly one problem: Look less scary. Trump needed to counter Clinton’s successful branding of him as having a bad temperament to the point of being dangerous to the country. Trump accomplished exactly that…by…losing the debate.

DavidWarreb is Canadian and also notes that Trump will win because he is less scary.

well, that doesn't make me very happy.

The dirty little secret is that if Trump wins, we're all gonna die, says Mom Jones, because: CLIMATE CHANGE. They note the problem got 82 seconds in the debate...

On the other hand, if Hillary continues Obama's policies, America will end up with medical rationing and euthanasia and a persecution of churches and church related institutions.

I'm in the Philippines, and my granddaughter wonders if the US will be like our last election, where the polls suggested one of the mainstream candidates would win, because a lot of Duterte voters were not admitting it to pollsters, or were not internet savvy.... but the presence of Duterte posters in the windows of small businesses and on tricycles here suggested that he had a huge grassroots support that hadn't been noticed by the Manila elite who run the social media...

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