1st Debate thoughts

I watched most of it. I had to take a walk a few times, as I hate cross-talk and not answering the primary question in debate settings. In no particular order:

  • Not very “professional” with all the cross-talk.
  • Biden repeated many lies and twisted version of stories that have been debunked
  • Trump interrupted way too often, so it lost it’s potential positive effect by just slipping in the occasional memorable zinger
  • Biden looked pretty rough, especially considering how little campaigning he’s been doing lately; he should have looked well-rested and focused, and he wasn’t.
  • Biden did better than I expected, but that’s a very low bar.
  • Wallace sucked as a moderator.
  • A lot of missed opportunities by Trump. I would have liked to see him tout D3 and zinc and other treatments to ameliorate the Wuhan Flu.
  • It was clear from the beginning that Trump was trying to get under Biden’s skin and get him flustered and lose it. It almost worked a couple of times, but either his hearing-aid handlers or the moderator saved him time and again.
  • Biden’s body-language was defeated and weak, often with eyes downcast, covering his lack of good answers with nervous laughter, eyes looked dilated and dead;
  • Trump was clearly upbeat, high-energy, engaged, bright-eyed, and active.
  • Surprisingly, Wallace had a few actually good questions (though with horrible follow-up and follow-through). Most were OK-ish, some framed in a rather obviously skewed way (at least, obvious to me) to favor Biden.
  • Time allocated to different topics was unfairly uneven.
  • “Fact checking” on the channel I was watching was, to put it mildly, rather unfairly selective to favor Biden.
  • To someone who only occasionally watches mainstream/legacy media for their news, and would not know how much lying Biden was doing, much of it was nothing more than a pissing match of he-said-she-said. To a news/info junkie like myself who understands most of the references, issues, and details of the items discussed, Biden was constantly lying his ass off, and Trump was not explaining his point nearly as clearly as they could be to an ignorant audience member.
  • The wife thought it gave her a headache, doesn’t like either of them, and it was a draw between a NYC asshole and a bumbling moron (not quit her exact words).
  • They really need to use something like a chess-timer hooked to their microphone, and it cut their mic when the other person it talking, and it goes back and forth in minimum of 15-second increments, so they both get the same amount of total time.

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  1. I gave up after 15 minutes, just after Biden refused to answer about court packing and apparently got away with that.
    Clearly the microphones need to come with cutoff switches, with only one microphone at a time turned on.
    As for who came out on top, in the small part I saw the answer is Biden by a nose.

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