1. It’s Sunday, October 9, 2016. The election is 30 long days away. The second presidential debate is tonight.
2. As for 2:03 p.m. ET, there are – according to the Census Bureau – 324,669,783 Americans.
On Election Day, 324,669,782 of them will not be elected President of the United States. If there’s any justice and mercy, Trump will be among them.
But then there will be Hillary Clinton.
And that’s the point I want to make about tonight’s debate.
Much has been made about the Trump tape and the GOP meltdown and everything else this jackass says and does.
But when we go into the voting booth or mail in our ballots, we are not voting for who’s not going to be president. It’s not like a no-confidence vote in a parliamentary system, in which members decide the fate of their party’s leader.
We vote FOR president. We are affirmative. This is how we want to face our future.
There’s going to be a lot of crap that we’re going to hear about in St. Louis. We’re going to relive this whole embarrassing tape thing and everything else. Anderson Cooper is guaranteed to bring it up.
Clinton has to get away from this. She has to give people a reason to vote for her, because that’s the question before them. They need to feel as though they are reaffirming their belief in what this nation can do, and rejecting sexual predation and birther cowardice and racist dog whistling.
If Trump starts talking about her husband, she needs to deflect it. Her husband is one of the 324,669,782 – although he’s one of five of them who’s already had the job.
Yeah, she can’t just dismiss it, and I can’t imagine it’s anything she hasn’t heard or wants to hear again.
But she needs to turn this debate back toward issues. And she needs to show how much more of them in command of them he is.
She did that 12 days ago at Hofstra. That’s how the Trump freefall started. She needs to show the world which of the two is a leader, and let the other one show which of the two is an improperly raised 12-year-old in a 70-year-old body.
You can do this, Mrs. Clinton. You can lead. You can get the country to vote FOR you.
Because that’s what we do on Election Day.