RUSH: The two main things that I think ordinary people saw, are Trump demonstrated his earned position as a major party nominee; he had every business, every right being up there. And a lot of people were applauding what he was saying up there last night. And Hillary? She came off exactly as many people see her: A witch with a capital B.
RUSH: Okay, folks, let’s just get straight to it. For people watching this debate last night through the usual prism, through the standard inside-the-Beltway, insider establishment elite circles, if you watched the debate with that as your life experience, with that defining your expectations and that defining your analysis and commentary, Hillary Clinton won this debate in a knockout. If that’s how you watch these things.
And that’s how the Drive-Bys see it. That’s how party officials see it. That’s how elected officials see it. That is how people inside the Beltway in the business of politics saw the debate last night overall. At the end of the night, most people don’t want to say it, but Hillary Clinton won in a knockout. The Drive-Bys all think so, and so do many others. Why? Well, because, Hillary was a perfect insider Washington politician.
She spoke in robotic devotion to the meaningless political prattling, going on and on about her plan for this and her plan for that, and this plan over here. And all of the experts who’ve looked at her plan and say it’s the best plan, and all the experts that have looked at his plan and say it’s the worst plan. And then we got the obligatory takedown of trickle-down economics for about the gazillionth time in 30 years. We got the obligatory takedown of the rich aren’t paying their fair share for I don’t know how many umpteenth million times Democrat politicians have been preaching that in the last 30 years.
It was boring. It was robotic. It was almost, especially the first 20 minutes, Hillary Clinton was blindsided, she didn’t know what had hit her, maybe the first 30 minutes. She looked out of it. She looked rattled. She looked like she wasn’t prepared for the way Trump was behaving and what Trump had to say. She was totally programmed. She was programmed to wait for openings either provided by Trump or provided by Lester Holt. She was waiting for memorized zingers to be implemented and used.
She was exactly what people are fed up with. In terms of the insider nature of Washington politics, the professional politician aspect of Washington politics, insincere, say it because it sounds good. Don’t say who you really are, by all means, don’t announce what you’re really for, never get into any specifics. All you do is try to character assassinate your opponent using the assistance of the moderator. We knew all of this going in. The question is, is that how people, voters, saw this last night?
RUSH: After practically every primary debate, after every Republican primary debate, there was an election. And Trump won after supposedly embarrassing himself, after supposedly demonstrating that he’s not seriously studying issues, after demonstrating supposedly that he’s phoning it in. After showing that he’s uncouth and all this, he ends up winning practically every primary following those debates. Well, there isn’t an election after these debates until November.
So the Drive-Bys are not going to have evidence other than their precious polling data, and they can gin that however they wish to in the way they ask the questions — and, as we’ve learned, how they analyze the data. The one thing that stood out for me last night… As I was watching this, I was trying to watch this thing not falling into the trap of watching it within the confines and through the prism how we usually watch these.
Trump changes all of this. Every day of the campaign, Trump changes this. And you can say whatever you want about Trump missing golden opportunities, whiffing at hanging curveballs, letting Hillary off the hook, the rigged nature of the moderator and so forth. But one thing came through crystal clear last night: Donald Trump showed everybody and reminded many that he is not of the system.
He is not a Washington insider, and he is not responsible for any of the mess or messes that exist today. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton showed that that is exactly who she is. Hillary Clinton demonstrated she is the quintessential politician for life, in it for herself. The question is what it’s always been: Are people tired of the system and want an outsider or do they want to stick with the system? And we not gonna know until November.