I’m sure I’m not the only one… thinking of the debates between Clinton and Trump.
There’s no way Der Trumpster can become sober and rational between now and whenever the debates occur–so we can count on him using broad ridicule, name-calling, unflattering imitations, interruptions, finger-pointing, shouting, etc.
And that’s just the style. The content will be–from his side–mostly about her “crimes” (real, exaggerated or imagined). AND he will drag her personal life onto the stage as often as he can–mostly about bad old Bill.
Trumpernickel also has plenty of legitimate stuff to pound her with.
Clinton has run on her experience. So she will have to defend that experience and all the questionable and damaging things she’s done since she was first in the White House up until the last speech she gave to whatever nasty group of corporate vampires for 325,000. (He hasn’t released his tax returns and she hasn’t shown us the transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street, Big Pharma, Health Insurance companies, etc).
Anyway, what interests me is: How does she react to Trump?
If she talks down to him to him as if she was a high school principle and he was (as he is) a fuck-up caught causing trouble in class or the hallways, then she will not come off so well.
If she yells at him and points her finger she will look like… here it comes… a bitch. The old angry or critical “woman problem”. She could yell at him if she was a man and get away with it, but…
Also, she shouldn’t stoop to his level–that just diminishes her gravitas and strength.
She also shouldn’t get too defensive about her unethical and undefendable behavior in various roles she’s played. On the other hand, she might need to address some of her more egregious mistakes and questionable choices–in and out of office. It’s all a question of balance.
So what does she do? Tai Chi… Just maintain an even keel, keep calm, and let him throw himself all over the stage like a child having a tantrum. Point out, in as polite a way as possible, that she wants to discuss the issues, let him rant a bit, then talk about her plans to solve problems and why she’s more qualified than he is to do that.
Be respectful–as much as it’s possible with a guy like Trump–be as tough as she can without pounding him too hard and just let him blow himself up.
Maybe there won’t be any debates. If there aren’t any I’m guessing that it will be because Trump is afraid of her.