- AMERICAN THINKER - Oct 1, 2020 -
Andrea Widburg -
With 24 hours having passed since the first presidential debate, it's becoming clear that Trump won in a big way. It wasn't an apparent victory, but it was a real one: he showed his base and ordinary Americans that he will always fight while forcing Biden to disavow both his hard-left base and the last of the old-fashioned Democrats who still support him.
Don't pay too much attention to the pessimistic pundits. The worriers worried, the haters hated, the ambivalent were ambivalent, the cheerleaders cheered. Personality may not be destiny, but it determines post-debates reviews. You have to understand the pundits' filters.
You should still enjoy the cheerleaders for Trump, though. Here are a few comments from others on the subject, many of whom dislike Trump:
Adam Wren, Politico Magazine: "Trump is winning this debate."
Andrew Sullivan: "Trump is dominating. That's the brutal truth. It's painful. So far."
Monique Currie, WNBA: "Trump is winning this debate"
Ryan Harris, former NFL player: "Trump won that debate. Hate it or love it."
Tim Pool: "Even Biden laughs at Trump's jokes This is hilarious Trump knows how to entertain and that wins people over Its sales They won't remember what you said but they will remember how you made them feel"
Kimberley Strassel, The Wall Street Journal: "1) There are two ways to think of debates. a) Did you excite/enthuse base? On this, Trump wins. He was consistent, and made the points that he is running on in this election--law/order; economy; D corruption in terms of FBI investigation/Hunter; handling of virus. #Debates2020"
My favorite metric is Trump's huge win among the Spanish-speaking Telemundo community: