I was talking with a conservative friend of mine about the upcoming Presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Although we both agreed the moderators would help Hillary because, let’s face it, she’s Hillary Clinton. But where we disagreed was how well Trump would do. He’s staunchly in the NeverTrump camp and believes he won’t perform well, but I didn’t count him out yet because, let’s face it, she’s Hillary Clinton.
Then, I had a thought. (First time for everything, I guess.) The more I thought about it, the more I saw the potential for the first Presidential debate as Kennedy/Nixon 2.0. For those who aren’t seeing the connection, let me help a bit.
In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon held a televised debate. Even though Nixon may have won on substance, he was done in by looking like crap as compared to the youthful, energetic Kennedy. Nixon would eventually bounce back, but not without trying to put his previous visual dumpster fire in the past.
Which brings us back to Hillary.
To say Mrs. Clinton has had a rough couple of weeks imagewise is to say the Titanic was a minor boating accident. Not only has she been dogged by scandal (because, well, it’s Hillary), but she’s had to battle everything from heat exhaustion (in 79 degree heat!) to pneumonia, all within a matter of hours! The millennial voters who came out in droves to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 aren’t flocking to Hillary. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, Trump is gaining and in some polls surpassing her. Although Trump has a ways to go and a short time to get there, it’s not looking good for Hillary.
And I see the first Presidential debate being make-or-break for her. If she comes off as she has the past couple of weeks, Trump could blow bubbles out of his ass and win. If she looks more energetic than Trump, however, she could make a major statement and put the past behind her.
Now, at this point you may be wondering what the title of this blog has to do with the discussion of the debates. One of Hillary’s big moments in legal history was serving on the Watergate committee. Now, it appears the two will “meet” again in a few weeks.
Isn’t it ironic? Donchathink?