Last Chance in Vegas: The Final 2016 Presidential Debate (A KJ Analysis)


Tonight, the two political candidates who actually have a chance to win the Presidency of the United States of America will participate in one final debate to be held in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.

This morning, the following assessment of that debate appeared in the Las Vegas Review Journal, written by Ben Botkin…

The final round for Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump will unfold in Las Vegas, a city known for high-stakes wagers.

The third of three presidential debates will be the last chance for either candidate to deliver a knockout blow in front of a large prime-time audience before the Nov. 8 election.

Wednesday’s 90-minute debate at UNLV, if it’s anything like the first two, will be a no-holds-barred event that takes the definition of political blood sport to a new level.

It will give Trump, the Republican nominee, a chance to try turning around his political fortunes, particularly in key battleground states such as Nevada.

It will give Clinton, the Democratic nominee, a chance to further solidify her lead in national polls.


In the second debate, Trump called Clinton the “devil” and warned that a Trump-led White House could lead to her going to jail. Clinton supporters expect more of the same Wednesday.

“The first two debates were just warm-ups for what might be the most raucous and wild debate in American history,” said Jake Thompson, an associate professor and debate coach at UNLV.

Thompson said Trump didn’t appear prepared in the first two debates, and Clinton “faces a very difficult challenge in debating Donald Trump in that he’s an unpredictable candidate to debate against.”

Trump will enter the stage without the support of some prominent GOP leaders who have distanced themselves from the real estate mogul.

“He has adopted a scorched-earth strategy,” said Erik Hertzik, chairman of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Reno. “Unrepentant, in your face, willing to take on anybody, and that includes the elected GOP leadership. He’s gone big-time after (House Speaker) Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment.

“I think he’ll come out guns blazing against Bill Clinton and his infidelity,” Herzik said. “I don’t think that will be very effective.”

It’s an approach that endears Trump to his base of support but runs the risk of alienating undecided voters in Nevada and across the nation, political observers say.

“‘I’m going to lock you up’ is an applause line for his base,” Herzik said, referring to Trump’s warning to Clinton that she risks jail if he’s elected. “But for many that watch, this includes Republicans and independents and Democrats, it’s like wait a minute, that’s what third-world countries do.”

Trump’s supporters are confident the debate can showcase their candidate favorably.

Michael McDonald, chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, said the debate moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News, will ensure the debate is fair.

“There’s a lot at stake here in Nevada,” McDonald said. “I think that both candidates will be at the top of their game. I know for a fact Mr. Trump is preparing.”

McDonald said Trump can prevail in a debate that’s focused on issues, such as national security and bringing jobs to the U.S. rather than on tabloid-style news.

“I think when you get down to it, you either have an intelligent debate or you have a National Enquirer debate,” McDonald said, invoking the name of a tabloid known for salacious news stories.


Roberta Lange, chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party, said the debate will help build enthusiasm in advance of early voting, which starts Saturday in Nevada.

Clinton will be able to talk about her experience, plans for job creation and immigration reform, Lange said.

“If you want substance,” Lange said, “you should be looking to Hillary Clinton because she will be bringing substance to the floor.”

The debate’s tentative list of topics includes fitness for president, immigration, the economy, debt and entitlements, the Supreme Court and foreign hot spots.

With almost three weeks to go before Election Day, it’s difficult to make predictions.

The election is volatile, and plenty still could happen to turn the tide in either direction, said Barry Jackson, a strategic adviser at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a national law firm. Jackson’s career includes stints as a director of strategic initiatives in the White House during the George W. Bush administration and chief of staff for Republican former House Speaker John Boehner.

“None of us know how this is going to turn out,” said Jackson.

Jackson plans to participate in a panel discussion in Las Vegas on Thursday after the debate with a colleague at the firm, former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.

“I think both candidates need to come knowing they’re going after the 10, 12, 13 percent” of voters who are undecided, Begich said.

In Clinton’s case, she needs to show compassion and connect with people, he said. In Trump’s case, the GOP nominee needs to demonstrate substance, he said.

If anything, the debate will be unconventional. Part of that is because Trump isn’t an elected official with a policy record to scrutinize. That leaves reporters with his personal life, business dealings and comments he has made on “The Howard Stern Show” in the 1990s.


The strangeness of the election gives debate professionals hope that future presidential debates — beyond 2016 — will reflect the values of their trade.

“My earnest hope is that this is not the new normal,” Thompson said. “I think that in this election cycle we have a very odd election cycle.”

For a university debate team, competitors are expected to show proper decorum, Thompson said.

“We have rules on my debate team, and those rules call for respecting opponents and treating the institution of debate with respect, and it appears there is a distinct lack of respect between these two candidates,” Thompson said.

Threats to jail Clinton and assertions that the election is rigged all run counter to the American value of a peaceful transition of power, Thompson said.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the solution is to have fewer presidential debates.

“The only way to repudiate claims that the election is rigged or other silliness like that is a strong and ringing endorsement of our democratic traditions,” Thompson said.

Actually, “Perfesser”, we’re a Constitutional Republic.

Evidently, the “Perfesser” has not been paying attention to the news, or else he would see that evidence of planned voter fraud is already showing up in several states.

Also, about that “proper decorum” thingy…

The “Perfesser” must not have been watching the Vice-Presidential Debate in 2012, When “Crazy Uncle” Joe Biden acted like a madman, talking over Paul Ryan and showing his posterior for the entire debate.

Also, “Perfesser”, is it proper decorum to have someone associated with your “Foundation” come forward after 30 years to accuse your opponent of “improper sexual behavior”?

But, I digress…

This election has boiled down to a choice between The Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton, the wife of a Former President, who believes that she MUST be elected President, simply because it is HER TURN and Donald J. Trump, an American Entrepreneur, Billionaire, and Citizen Statesman, who genuinely LOVES America and her people, instead of viewing us all as racist, misogynist, xenophobes.

And, therein lies the secret of Donald J. Trump’s successful campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination and, despite what the Democrat-weighted national polls say, being a hair’s breath away from becoming President of the United States of America.

What Trump did, with his refusal earlier in the campaign to “act more presidential”, was to implement a strategy.

Trump has always been a “people person”.

That is the reason that, when he was still a contributor to Fox News, he would speak to everyone in the building, from the maintenance crew, on up the ladder.

As Sam Walton, the Founder of Walmart, knew, you don’t inspire people by acting imperious and above it all.

“Mr. Sam”, until his health would no longer allow him to do so, would travel to Walmart Stores in his old pickup truck, with a tie and a baseball cap on, visiting the employees, in order to find out how his stores were doing.

He knew that the only was to be successful and to stay in touch with the public, was to be out among them, and speak to them honestly and directly, as one would speak to a friend.

The Political Establishment, of both parties, lost that concept, a long time ago.

Bypassing the borders to communication, historically determined by both political parties and the Main Stream Media, is a concept which I first witnessed being employed by a Presidential Candidate in the 1980 Presidential Election, named Ronald Wilson Reagan.

While I am not comparing the two, I am noting that this strategy has proved and is proving effective, in the case of both Presidential Candidates.

As the polls show, and will continue to show, Trump has struck a resonant chord in the hearts of Average Americans, living here in the part of America, which the snobbish Political Elites refer to as “Flyover Country”, but which we refer to as “America’s Heartland”, or, quite simply, “HOME”.

Why is Donald J. Trump so popular with average Americans?

The reason is very simple: WE’RE ANGRY.

Our palpable anger is one which has been building since January of 2009, when a Lightweight, who has as much in common with average Americans as a Martian would, was inaugurated as President of the United States of America.

That anger, a result of his anti-American actions and resulting policies, which have affected Americans’ daily lives, has been exacerbated by the Republican Elite, who, in their desire to “reach across the aisle” and “go along to get along”, have distanced themselves from those who elected them to Congress in the first place.

Meanwhile, average Americans, like you and me, remain mired up to our necks in an abysmal swamp of bills and taxes, living paycheck-to-paycheck, afraid to make a move, for fearing of drowning in an ocean of debt.

Seemingly forgotten, in all of the forgotten promises, made by Barack Hussein Obama, are the almost 95 million Americans, who are no longer, largely through no fault of their own, participating in our Workforce.

You want to talk about anger and frustration?

Try looking for work, when you are over 55 years of age.

Anger has played an important part in the forging of this great country, which will be lucky to survive Obama’s final year in office.

It was anger that formed our country….an anger over being held captive to “Taxation Without Representation”…an anger which, as a prime example of history repeating itself, Americans are experiencing, even as I type this blog.

It is this anger, which has propelled Donald J. Trump to this moment…and those who prefer the Washingtonian Status Quo know it.

That is why the Republican Establishment, at least some of them, have hitched a ride on “The Trump Train”.

If they had not accepted the reality of his Primary Victory, and the fact that Americans are angry, they would have gone down to defeat again in 2016.

They would have never achieved victory by once again trying to push the Jello of “Liberal Moderation” up a hill.

Hence, the failed campaign of Jeb! Bush.

In summation, the American people are tired of Political Correctness and anti-American political expediencies being forced down our throats by both political parties and trumpeted by their lackeys in the Main Stream Media.

Donald Trump, for all of his brashness and braggadocio, is a breath of free air and, quite frankly an anomaly. He’s not a professional politician. He is a businessman who wants to become a public servant.

Does Donald J. Trump need to “tone it down” in this Final Debate, in terms of speaking “truth to power”?

Judging from the water cooler talk here in Realityville, after he cleaned Hillary’s clock in the last debate , NO.

Only if he wants to sound like a Professional Politician.

The stark reality is the fact that the reason that he will once again take the National Stage in a Presidential Debate tonight is that Americans have had our fill of Professional Politicians, their aloofness, failed promises, and their poor performance in office.

Just like Hillary Clinton’s.

Until He Comes,



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