The Monday presidential debate winner, shockingly, was easily Mr. Trump. The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison, no friend to Trump, throws in the towel on this one–a clear Trump victory.
I did not see this coming. Did anybody? Trump won this thing fairly decisively. I expected him to spontaneously combust. He did not.
The real news is this: how on earth could Hillary Clinton have failed to deliver a knockout blow to Trump tonight? Honestly, I’m shaking my head.
Trump’s performance tonight is going to make it harder for Republicans down the ballot and in the Washington elite to decide if they’re going to stick by him or not.
I really think Donald Trump still has a chance — not much of one, but a chance — to win this thing. I did not expect to be saying that after this debate. Just one more damn surprise this crazy political year has brought us, like a house cat dropping bloody varmints at the foot of our beds.