D.C. elites in denial
I couldn't disagree more. We need these debates even more when a candidate is unhinged. Where else would average Americans have seen Trump in all his deranged glory? This is as close as we get to seeing a candidate being real. Why is everyone so anxious to close off that avenue, when you acknowledge that the press won't touch that he's off his rocker.
If he is well enough to speak, Trump will be there for the big audience.
Eric, I'll tell you how good Prine's 'Angel from Montgomery' is: Your mention of it made praise for the song more important to me than responding to your analysis of the monster we now have in the White House. The song is a treasure. It is something that I can hang on to.
To invoke an ad campaign, Too Much Good Stuff!
First, Ben Smith in The Times did a piece on Capitol Hill reporters and whether they protect members who clearly are not firing on all cylinders, and cited examples from both sides of the aisle (including questions now about Dianne Feinstein). I recall a Gay Talese line about Harry Truman saying something un-PC and The Times liking to protect grand old men of the republic, but of course it was a different time and Truman was long since out of power. That begs the question of why the media don't cover someone who clearly is mentally unstable and has been in the way that someone who has been and is mentally unstable should be covered.
Second, he'll still show up or do something because he cannot bear not to get attention. The odd thing is that the virtual format is likelier to hurt Biden, who is good at dealing with people, as opposed to his opponent, who is not, near as I can tell, a member of the human race.
The disagreement remains. You oppose more media coverage of Trump. I assert the public is saturated with Trump. We’ve had enough.
Admittedly there are few truly undecided voters, but after watching Trump’s video tweet of 13:15 on 10/8, how many are likely to decide for Trump? How many Trump supporters will decide that Trump isn’t playing with a full deck? Trump’s path to electoral victory is narrow. The loss of even 1% of his supporters might close it entirely.
Please remember the laughs & retweets of the Trump quote that he’ll go away & we won’t hear from him again if he loses.
Get Trump out for another debate. If we’re lucky he’ll pull the same shtick as before.
By all means get Trump to hold a couple more super spreader rallies. “Hundreds Ill from Trump Rally”, is a headline I wouldn’t mind seeing.
Quiet Trump, Restrained Trump, Thoughtful Trump, have a good chance to win. Bluster Trump just turns people off.
Thanks for stating the hard truth about mainstream media. Normalizing Trump and GOP exacerbates and enables the destruction of our democracy. On a positive note, that is an achingly beautiful rendition of Prine's Angel From Montgomery! Brought tears to my eyes. 🥰
Could a golden Trump toilet have saved the Newseum? Now that's something he truly would have deserved. That and a sound lifetime comeuppance come Nov. 3rd..
Personally, I’ve never heard a version of “Angel...” that I didn’t like. But Susan Tedeschi does as good a version of it as any I have heard. It’s a testament to the quality of the song actually that there are so many excellent versions.