Okay, this is a little hackish, even for me, but I just don't buy the claims of the Twiddiots that Trump lost badly.
McClatchy held a focus group to watch the debate in North Carolina. Who won? Well...
Presidential debate surprise: Clinton loses ground among some voters in swing state
Kae Roberts and Jay Eardly were leaning toward Hillary Clinton before Monday night's debate.
By the end, they had both pulled away.
John Kokos and Hank Federal were undecided going in, potential Clinton backers.
By the end, they'd ruled her out.
Indeed, while polls said that Clinton won the first general election debate with Donald Trump Monday, she may not have won actual votes. And she may even have lost some, at least in the battleground state of North Carolina.
In a focus group of 21 voters from around Charlotte conducted by McClatchy and the Charlotte Observer, four who were up for grabs before the debate moved away from her by the end.
For the four who emerged less impressed by Clinton, it was the seeming familiarity of her proposals for the economy and national security that was a turnoff.
Roberts, who is unaffiliated with a party, wrote in her notes several times during the debate that Clinton offered "pie in the sky" ideas. By debate's end, she had moved from leaning toward Clinton to undecided.
"The things she says she's going to do, there's no substance behind it," Roberts said.
And in a bar in Youngston, Pennsylvania...
Letosky entered the evening undecided in a town that is heavily Democratic in registration. Her sister and father are on opposite sides of the political aisle. Donald �Trump had the upper hand this evening,� she said, citing his command of the back-and-forth between him and Hillary Clinton.
Reed, 35, is a registered Democrat and small businessman. �By the end of the debate, Clinton never said a thing to persuade me that she had anything to offer me or my family or my community,� he said, sitting at the same bar that has boasted local icons as regulars, such as the late Fred Rogers, and Arnold Palmer, who had his own stash of PM Whiskey hidden behind newer bottles of whiskey for his regular visits.
"Have to say Trump had the edge this evening, he came out swinging but also talked about specifics on jobs and the economy," Reed said.
Reed said Clinton came across as either smug or as though she was reading her r�sum�, adding there was nothing on her resume that touched on his life.
One thing that has impressed me more and more over the past two years is how powerful the left is in colonizing the thoughts of all citizens -- including commentators on the right.
Andrew Breitbart used to say -- he said this the first time I met him -- that the left creates a "Matrix," as in the movie, a prison of illusion and reality distortion. When you are in the Matrix, he said excitedly, you can't see the Matrix itself.
Many commentators on the right -- I included -- are thoroughly colonized by leftist memes. How could we not be? We are constantly mesmerized by them, a thousand cult chants a day whispering at us from our electric soma boxes.
Many are looking at Hillary Clinton's answers and saying "She won on points."
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