Winners and losers from the final presidential debate


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* Hillary Clinton: This was the Democratic nominee’s best debate performance. She finally figured out the right calibration of ignoring and engaging Trump. Given her considerable edge in the electoral map, Clinton didn’t need a moment in this debate, she simply needed to survive. But she had a moment, anyway — with a stirring answer in response to Trump’s comments about women and the allegations against him of groping nine different women. Clinton,borrowing from Michelle Obama’s speech on the same subject, was deeply human and relatable in that moment. Throughout the rest of the debate, she did what we know she knows how to do well: She deftly dropped a series of opposition research hits and sprinkled in a series of attempts to goad Trump into mistakes. She came across as calm and composed in the face of his, at times, tough-to-watch interruptions. (“Such a nasty woman,” Trump said of Clinton as she was speaking toward the end of the debate.) Her performance wasn’t perfect; she struggled to defend the Clinton Foundation, for example, but Trump managed to throw her an opening to talk about his own foundation’s issues. All in all, Clinton won — a clean sweep of the three debates.
* Chris Wallace: Wallace was the best moderator of the four debates — three presidential, one vice presidential. Poised and confident, he sought to steer the conversation without dominating it. He allowed the candidates to debate issues back and forth but, when they veered off course and didn’t answer his questions, he made sure to let them know about it. And, as was the case in other Fox-sponsored debates in the primary season, Wallace’s questions were just top-notch. On immigration, on the women alleging that Trump groped them, on the Clinton Foundation, Wallace asked blunt questions that demanded straight answers.


* Vladimir Putin: The Russian leader had to be thrilled about the amount of airtime he and his country received in the debate. And Trump, while insisting that he and the Russian president are not, in fact, friends, repeatedly said that he knew for a fact that Putin had no respect for Clinton. Any airtime for Putin in a debate with tens of millions of Americans watching probably make him very, very happy.

* David Fahrenthold: The WaPo reporter who has broken every piece of news about the Trump Foundation didn’t get mentioned by name during the debate but he was all over it. Clinton mentioned Fahrenthold’s reporting about the six-foot portrait Trump bought of himself— with charity money. Wallace noted that Trump had used foundation money to pay off fines —another Fahrenthold scoop. This was the biggest night for Fahrenthold since he won the Ciquizza!!! (Side note: Make sure to read my conversation with Dave about how he happened onto the Trump Foundation story and how he continues to break big news on it.)

*Puppets: There hasn’t been this much conversation about puppets in a presidential debate since, well, ever. Also, making “puppets” a winner allows me to post this GIF of Gob and Franklin Bluth:



* Donald Trump: Top to bottom, this was Trump’s most consistent and best debate. But, it wasn’t a good debate for him. Not at all. His signature moment — and the defining moment of the entire debate — came when he refused to say he would concede if the election results showed he had lost. Trump’s I’ll-just-wait-and-see answer was a total disaster and will be the only thing people are talking about coming out of the debate.


* Down-ballot Republicans: For an hour or so, the likes of Pat Toomey (Pa.), Richard Burr (N.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) had to be, generally speaking, happy with Trump’s performance. But then came the question of whether he would respect the election results if he lost and Trump’s total debacle of an answer. It’s hard for me to see how Republicans in close down-ballot races can afford to keep sticking by a candidate who has broken with centuries of tradition when it comes to the peaceful handover of power. And, you can expect every single Republican — those in tough race and even those who aren’t — to be asked tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that) whether they agree with Trump’s view on the rigged nature of the election. Not exactly a closing message any of them would choose.

Kentucky Is Now A Toss Up As Trump Support Collapses In Mitch McConnell’s Home State

Kentucky Is Now A Toss Up As Trump Support Collapses In Mitch McConnell’s Home State

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A new poll of Kentucky reveals that Donald Trump has nearly blown a 12 point lead in Mitch McConnell’s home state, and now leads Hillary Clinton within the poll’s margin of error.

A new poll of Kentucky reveals that Donald Trump has nearly blown a 12 point lead in Mitch McConnell’s home state, and now leads Hillary Clinton within the poll’s margin of error.

A LEX 18 poll of Kentucky found that Trump is dropping like a stone in the Bluegrass State. Trump has gone from a lead of 35%-23% to a lead of 31%-28% with 29% of the electorate undecided. What is encouraging for Democrats in Kentucky is that Hillary Clinton’s gain in support (+5) was larger than Trump’s loss of support (-4).

The Kentucky poll is a good reminder that Trump’s slide isn’t only occurring in national polls. Donald Trump is in decline in solid Republican territory. So far, Trump’s slide hasn’t harmed down-ballot Republicans in Kentucky, but Republican incumbents in swing states might not be so lucky.

The nation is less than three weeks away from election day, and there are serious questions about whether Donald Trump will win deep red states like Arizona, Utah, Kentucky, and Texas. Election day could be more than a Democratic victory. The 2016 election could be a landslide rejection of Donald Trump, and everything that the Republican Party has come to stand for over the past eight years.

What is unfolding is nothing less than the destruction of the far-right led Republican Party.

Trump Throws A Tantrum And Goes Total Birther After Obama Tells Him To Strop Whining

Trump Throws A Tantrum And Goes Total Birther After Obama Tells Him To Strop Whining


Donald Trump was so outraged by President Obama telling him to stop whining that he has invited Obama’s Kenyan half brother to be one of his guests at the final presidential debate.

Donald Trump was so outraged by President Obama telling him to stop whining that he has invited Obama’s Kenyan half brother to be one of his guests at the final presidential debate.

After President Obama had told the Republican nominee to stop whining about rigged elections,Trump decided to teach the President Of The United States a lesson by inviting Obama’s Kenyan half-brother to the third presidential debate.

Video of Obama telling Trump to stop whining:

Trump’s idea of revenge is to use a presidential debate to revive a birther conspiracy that he disavowed a little more than two months ago by saying that President Obama was born in the United States.

The invitation to Obama’s half-brother was the latest in a series of bad decisions that are driven by the petty and thin-skinned nature of the Republican nominee.

The Clinton campaign is clearly enjoying Trump’s latest meltdown:

Inviting Malik Obama to the debate doesn’t help Donald Trump or the Republican Party.

Trump has been thrown completely off his game, which is exactly what President Obama was trying to do.   (Emphasis are mine) KS


Michael Moore to debut surprise Trump film



Filmmaker Michael Moore is debuting a new movie about Donald Trump that he began teasing just days ago.

“Michael Moore in Trumpland” will first screen for free in New York City’s IFC Center on Tuesday night.

“See the film Ohio Republicans tried to shut down,” reads a description of the film on the IFC Center’s website. “Oscar-winner Michael Moore dives right into hostile territory with his daring and hilarious one-man show, deep in the heart of TrumpLand in the weeks before the 2016 election.”

Moore tweeted a tease to “finishing touches on an ‘October Surprise’ for this election” over the weekend.

On Monday night Moore tweeted the details of his new film that included a photo of three of Trump’s children: Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr.

The liberal filmmaker and supporter of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been a vocal critic of the Republican presidential nominee throughout his campaign.

Earlier this month, he compared Trump to a “human Molotov cocktail” voters can throw into a political system that has left them behind.

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If the election is really rigged, 33 states are rigged by Republicans

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Donald Trump continued on Monday to push his claims that the election is “rigged” against him, falsely suggesting widespread voter fraud and raising the specter of a conspiracy of media outlets scheming to provide negative coverage of his candidacy.


But while he may believe that he only way he could possibly lose would be for for “1.8 million deceased people” to cast ballots against him and an array of other other vote-rigging techniques, many of those who oversee elections in the states have pushed back against his claims.

And most of those chief elections officers are Republicans — some of whom have publicly endorsed Trump.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 26 states have an elected secretary of state or lieutenant governor who oversee elections and 7 more have those officials share authority with a commission or board. Eight more states have a chief official selected by the legislature or governor; the rest are run by an appointed electoral commission of some sort.

In Hawaii, Illinois, New York, and Wisconsin, these are bipartisan boards. In other states, like Maryland and North Carolina, the majority on the boards goes to the current governor’s party.

In all, 29 states have GOP-controlled elections processes, representing 302 electoral votes. 17 states and the District of Columbia have a Democratic-controlled process, representing just 173 electors. The remaining 4 states, with a total of 63 electoral votes, have bipartisan boards.

In other words, if the election were truly “rigged,” it would have to be a Republican rig. Swing states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio are all overseen by GOP chief elections officials.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) and Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney (R) have said they will vote for Trump. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) endorsed Trump in February. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R) even had Trump headline a 2015 campaign fundraiser for his own re-election. It seems unlikely these or other Republicans would secretly be working to rig an election for Hillary Clinton.

If anything, many of these Republican secretaries of state have moved to suppress the votes of Democrats and racial minorities — groups that are among the least likely to vote for Trump.

Perhaps this is why even Trump’s closest advisers are trying to push back against his claims. National campaign co-chair Sam Clovis told the Boston Herald on Tuesday, “I have a lot of faith in the secretaries of states across the country.”

And Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), Trump’s own running mate, said on Sunday that the campaign would accept the results of the election and that the only “sense of a rigged election” came from the “obvious bias in the national media.”

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Barack Obama and Bill O’Reilly — after appearing in same “Late Show” episode — tell Donald Trump to “stop whining”

Barack Obama and Bill O'Reilly — after appearing in same

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President Barack Obama in a press conference on Tuesday implored Donald Trump to “stop whining” about a “rigged” election.

“There’s no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that . . . you could even rig America’s election — in part because they’re so decentralized and the number of votes involved,” Obama said. “There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time. And so I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes. And if he got the most votes, then it would be my expectation of Hillary Clinton to offer a gracious concession speech and pledge to work with him in order to make sure that the American people benefit from an effective government.”

The call for calm came after a Monday tweetstorm, in which the Republican presidential nominee baselessly bemoaned “large scale voter fraud”:

Obama is not the first political figure to criticize Trump for “whining” about make-believe voter fraud. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, guesting on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” on Monday night, also suggested the real estate mogul “stop whining.”

Monday’s “Late Show” was noteworthy for another reason: President Obama made a guest appearance.

Conspiracy? You make the connections here.

In June, founder Alex Jones had a perfectly justifiable Super Male Vitality-induced on-air tantrum regarding “sniveler” Bill O’Reilly’s phony conservatism, through which he said the Fox News host “bullies” his audience into denouncing the Second Amendment.

So, for posterity sake, when the globalists drone-strike my survival shelter for exposing their secrets, I want written on my tombstone: “Alex Jones was right all along.”

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Stands By Trump, But Won’t Say His Name

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson stuck by Donald Trump in a debate Friday without actually saying the presidential candidate’s name.

Referring to Trump as “our Republican nominee,” Johnson said he supports him on a number of issues, including securing the border and fighting the Islamic State terrorist group, but that he’s also “not going to defend the indefensible.”

Johnson’s Democratic opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, challenged Johnson to renounce Trump, who’s been battered by accusations of sexual misbehavior. Trump has denied the allegations.

“This is one of these times where you have to be an American first, not a politician running for office, not a Republican or Democrat, but an American who’s worried about the future of our great country,” Feingold said.

The presidential race has cast a shadow over Wisconsin’s Senate campaign, as Johnson said he supports but does not endorse Trump. He’s spoken out against Trump on a number of issues, most recently denouncing his crude comments about women that were captured in a video released last week. Johnson also has not campaigned with Trump in Wisconsin and planned to skip an upcoming rally Trump had planned for Monday in Green Bay, the same city where Friday’s debate took place.

“I’ve not been shy in disagreeing with our candidate, with our nominee. I’m not going to defend the indefensible.” Johnson said during the debate.

Feingold challenged Johnson to follow the lead of other Republican senators in tough re-election fights, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, in not supporting Trump.

“He doesn’t have the temperament to be president,” Feingold said of Trump. “He’s used divisiveness, saying horrible things about various ethnic groups and others in this country to get himself the nomination. And it appears he’s done a lot of other inappropriate things. This is no person to be a role model for the people of our country. Frankly, I think it will be very frightening for the rest of the world if we elected Donald Trump.”

Feingold supports Democrat Hillary Clinton and has curried favor with the more liberal wing of the party by campaigning with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren this month.

Johnson said Friday that Clinton was “completely disqualified from being president” because of how she handled the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead and her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Johnson said Feingold “must be the last American who thinks Hillary Clinton is trustworthy.”

Feingold and Johnson are familiar debate opponents: They squared off three times in 2010, a race Johnson won, ending Feingold’s 18-year run in the Senate.

Democrats see Johnson as vulnerable in a presidential election year when Democratic turnout in Wisconsin is expected to be strong. A Marquette University Law School poll released this week showed the race to be about even.

Unlike with the presidential debates, neither Feingold nor Johnson interrupted each other during Friday’s hourlong contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Both also refrained from hurling the type of insults that have become common in the presidential race, though they did have sharp disagreements.

Feingold took Johnson to task for claiming that Feingold as a senator had known about problems at the Veterans Affairs medical facility in Tomah but did nothing. Feingold said Johnson was “saying something he knows isn’t true” about when Feingold found out about the over-prescription of drugs at the Tomah VA.

Feingold pledged to fight to raise the federal minimum wage, require paid medical leave, oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, work to fight climate change and allow college students to refinance student loan debt.

Johnson branded Feingold a “career politician” whose solution to every problem is growing government. Johnson, who built a plastics manufacturing company in Wisconsin before being elected to the Senate six years ago, said his private business background makes him more qualified to know what policies will work to create jobs and spur economic development.


Tim Kaine BURNS Unhinged Trump: He’s ‘Swinging At Every Phantom Of His Own Imagination’

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Donald Trump has been coming apart at the seams before our very eyes. The public has noticed, certainly, but so has someone else: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine. Hillary Clinton’s veep said the following of Trump’s attempts to blame the rest of the world for the accusations of groping that keep coming out against him:

“He is swinging at every phantom of his own imagination because he knows he’s losing.”

These remarks were made on ABC’s This Week, and Kaine also made it crystal clear that Trump’s allegations that Hillary’s campaign had anything to do with the avalanche of unflattering stories that have come out ever since Trump was caught on a hot mic with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, insisting that he could do anything he wanted to women because he is a star.

While discussing Trump, Kaine also reminded America of the orange buffoon’s bullying behavior, and said that the hot mic tape is what gave these women the courage to tell the stories of their experience with Trump:

“That’s what’s going on. It’s not because of our campaign, but it’s very characteristic of Donald Trump that now he’s blaming these women.

He’s making weird claims that, no, I couldn’t have assaulted this person, she’s not attractive enough to assault. How bizarre is that? He’s blaming the media; he’s blaming the GOP; he’s saying that America can’t run a fair election. And this is what bullies do.”

Tim Kaine is right. Trump bullies and threatens anyone who he can’t get his way with. He makes sure that people understand that he’ll make their lives a living hell if they dare to go against him, no matter how horrible his behavior has been.

Well, it looks like Trump has finally met his match, and the tantrum he throws when he loses on election night is sure to be one for the ages.

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Right-Wing Alternate Reality Collapses As Obama Approval Rating Hits 56% In Fox Poll

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Sorry, Republicans, but Americans think President Obama has done a pretty good job.

In a blow to Republicans living in an alternate reality, President Obama’s approval rating continues to soar even higher in a brand new Fox News poll released on Thursday.

According to the poll, 56 percent of Americans approve of the job the current president has done – the eighth Fox poll in a row to show Obama’s approval rating at 50 percent or higher.

The new numbers directly contradict constant Republican assertions that Obama has destroyed the country and turned the U.S. into a hellscape. Americans actually think the current president has done a pretty good job.

Other recent polling consistently shows the same thing as the Fox Poll: A majority of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing. According to RealClearPolitics, the current president’s job approval stands at a strong 52 percent when averaging recent polling.

This isn’t just good for the outgoing president, though. It’s also good for the current Democratic nominee.

Obama’s increasing popularity is proof that tying Hillary Clinton’s candidacy to him and calling her a third Obama term won’t hurt the Democratic nominee – if anything, it will only help her chances next month when voters go to the polls.

As we reach the mid-point of October and approach the final few weeks of this campaign, these numbers should have Republicans – particularly Donald Trump – shaking in their boots.