The presidential debates that begin Sept. 29 will be among the most consequential in American history. The incumbent, Donald Trump, doesn’t like to study or prepare for debates, and we can expect him to just wing it, and rely on his typical modus operandi: obfuscate, gaslight, insult and basically make a fool out of himself. Regardless how badly he stumbles, his base will declare him the hands-down winner.
Donald Trump has broken the cardinal rule of politics, in the run-up to the presidential debates never set the bar too low for your opponent. The Stable Genius has relentlessly attacked Joe Biden as a demented old fool who can’t string two sentences together without putting his foot in his mouth. Granted Biden is a gaffe-machine, but Trump has depicted his opponent as a senile doddering old codger who shouldn’t be elected dog catcher, let alone president of the United States.
The bar has been set so low for Biden that as long as his dentures don’t pop out and he doesn’t pull a James Stockdale and opens the debate by asking the rhetorical question, “Who am I? Why am I here,”, he will win.
Biden doesn’t need to come up with a snappy sound bite or plagarize an Obama speech, he simply needs to be himself: a decent, caring human being with the experience and wisdom to be the next president of the United States.
After four years of the drama and chaos of the Trump administration, America is dying for normalcy. Joe just needs to be himself to win. Thank God social distancing is the norm and he won’t be tempted to become too touchy-feeling after the debate and hug a reporter or a moderator.