President Trump failed to follow Napoleon’s famous advice: Don’t “interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
Fox News Channel moderator, Chris Wallace, did an excellent and professional job “largely without bias,” reports Conrad Black in American Greatness. Mr. Wallace’s main failure was that he didn’t come down hard enough on the interruptions from both the President and the former VP.
If Trump had just allowed Wallace to follow up on his questions of Biden, the former vice president would have stumbled badly. Trump’s irritating interruptions created an incoherent cacophony that enabled Biden to escape severe embarrassment.
Viewers were treated to a spectacle last night that seemed more out of a World Wrestling bout than a replay of the Lincoln-Douglas debate, reports the WSJ
The event was a spectacle of insults, interruptions, endless crosstalk, exaggerations and flat-out lies even by the lying standards of current U.S. politics. Our guess is that millions of Americans turned away after 30 minutes, and we would have turned away too if we didn’t do this for a living.
The American voter still has no idea whether Joe Biden, if president, would join the progressive (Jacobin) mob “to pack the Supreme Court, push to end the Electoral College, enact the full Green New Deal, or seek statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C,” laments Victor Davis Hanson in National Review.
Mr. Black suspects “Biden’s vagueness, his scrutiny of notes, and his outrageous insults of the president personally will be more unsatisfactory than Trump’s endless interruptions and general belligerence.”
A Low Point in Political Discourse
Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent, perhaps said it best: “That was a shitshow.”