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Trump triumphant in last debate

Trump triumphant in last debate

Your opinion of the last presidential debate of this election season is likely to depend on whether you saw the full debate or whether you relied on the biased spin of those panels of Trump haters on CNN and MSNBC.  Every talking head on MSNBC was stridently anti-Trump going back to Election Day four years ago.

CNN had former Pennsylvania Senator Ron Santorum – who too often acquiesces to the narratives of the network’s progressive Democrat team.  He seems to be their counterpoint person because he does more agreeing with the Trump critics’ preconceived narratives than counterpointing.

Many of the commentators did concede that Trump’s performance was among his best – but that did not stop them from partisan nitpicking with biased editing and out-of-context analyses.  One of the more intellectually insulting presentations was by Daniel Dale, CNN’s resident fact-finder – more accurately, their resident Trump fault-finder. He sort of reminds me of the stereotypical elementary school tattle-tale that is begging for a well-earned wedgie.

Trump gets a “B” for his defense of his record.  There was still room for improvement, but he made the best case for re-election he has made in many months – rallies notwithstanding.  He was especially effective in making his case to the black and Hispanic communities.  He not only talked about what his administration was doing for minorities – higher wages, enterprise zones, criminal justice reform, aid to minority colleges, etc. – but the positive results that have already been achieved.

Trump also effectively prosecuted the case against Biden and his son, Hunter.  He accused the Biden family – including the patriarch – of gaining millions of dollars from foreign interests.  That is a story that is starting to roll out despite the left-wing media’s efforts to bury it for Biden.  Of course, there was virtually no discussion of that subject in the CNN and MSNBC post-debate wrap-ups.  And if it was mentioned at all, it was only to dismiss the story as some Russian dirty trick – something the entire United States intelligence community had refuted.

Trump may have stripped away some of Biden’s radical left-wing support.  When Trump accused Biden of supporting socialized medicine and taking way private insurance – the heart of the Sanders/Warren/Harris faction of the Democratic Party – Biden said he supports private insurance, saying that he beat every one of his Democrat opponents on that issue.  In a backhanded way, Biden revealed just how deeply committed his party is to government-run healthcare.

He also was forced to deny his past recorded statements in opposition to fracking.  Biden said he will not end fracking – at least not now.  You could almost hear the swoosh as the radical left activists were jumping off Biden’s bandwagon.

Trump gained big points when he got Biden to admit that he would close down the oil and coal industries.  That message will be coursing through Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Ohio like a jet fueled rocket.  That was the exchange that could make the greatest difference in how people vote – or come out to vote – in key battleground states.

Biden had several of those “Biden moments” where his train of thought would go off the rails momentarily.  At one point, he seemed to be searching his mind (unsuccessfully) for the name of the guy in North Korea – Kim Jong-un.

Biden was flat – as usual.  He talked in generalities and platitudes – promising everything to everyone. He assured the audience that he had plans for everything but revealed no details of any of them.  His most common response to accusations by Trump was a feeble, “That’s not true.”

Biden’s rehearsed commercial-like speeches facing into the camera seemed out of context – drawing mocking criticism from Trump. In fact, he seemed to do less of it after Trump slapped him down.

At this stage it is difficult to determine what effect the debate might have on the few remaining persuadable voters.  If there is a bump – even a little one – it is most likely going to accrue to Trump’s benefit no matter how hard the New York media cabal attempts to spin in the opposite direction.  It is just unfortunate that Trump found his stride so late in the race.

So, there ‘tis.



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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Dan Tyree

    Retard joe let his lies defeat him. Trump just needs to be more aggressive in calling him out for lying. Trump won the debate but he missed opportunities by now standing on the stage and insisting that joe stop lying. I personally know people that lost their health insurance because of Obama care. My premium more than doubled. And yes, he did pledge to shut down oil and coal. Good job joe. The lies that I listed were only part of many. What a moron!!!!

    • DB

      An extremely dangerous Moron.

  2. Mike

    Larry, You are certainly correct that this was likely Trump’s best debate ever, mainly because his prior debates (especially his first against Biden) were total disasters that showed off his immature personality to a ‘T’. However, that does not mean that his performance was ‘good’, as there were an unprecedented number of lies told by him in this debate (I know, that’s just Trump, we all expect him to lie all the time….) I will list just a few (and try to leave out the lies which really don’t matter). Claims the Obama administration spied on his campaign, total BS, claims that Mueller looked at his tax returns and found nothing wrong with them-no evidence of that in the Mueller report, more BS, claims that we are “rounding the turn on Covid”-despite what you would like us to believe, that does not appear to be the case as cases are rising dramatically, and the deaths are increasing as well, Claims that Biden wants to eliminate private insurance plans and implement medicare for all-totally false, has always been saying there should be a public option for those too poor to afford other insurance, also Trump[ claims to have a much better plan than Obamacare, also false, been saying that for years, and it has never appeared, of course he tried to make the point that Biden was somehow paid for deals made by Hunter Biden (something that you incredibly endorsed above), the reason that is not being reported in the mainstream media is that it is a total conspiracy theory, and there is not one shred of evidence that it is true, only nuts like you believe such stuff. So there tis, some of the BS that conservatives gobbled up last night. Enjoy your snacking!

    • DB

      OK, we can see you are totally bamboozled by the Democratic line of crap. You are one sided and are blind to the real truth. That lies between the Democratic and Trump positions and both sides are lying, in my opinion. Democrats are obstructionists when it comes to anything that they cannot make a buck off of or gain more power. It does not matter what it is. In todays Florida Fox radio Barrack Obama speech, he made Joe Biden sound like Jesus Christ and that he was the savior of his administration, was the last on out for the meetings, (and not because he couldn’t find the door), that they left the economy booming, that they took care of the illegals and illegals children (built and put them in cages), that he brought peace around the world, and on and on and on. It was sickening to hear the fabrications and lies come from a former President, but then it is Barrack Obama who knows no truth. Oh, one last thing, seems that according to Obama Trump is the one holding up the next stimulus. What a total lie, it is Nancy Pelosi because she has put on riders to change the way we actually run the government more directly Constitution Article 25. LIe after Lie from the Democratic Leadership, and you expect us to believe they will work for US? Total BS!

  3. Harlow Ewing

    Mike stfu.

  4. Tim hatch

    Hey mike, put down the crack pipe, lower your glass of clintaid , its over, DONALD TRUMP 2020, MAGA

  5. Tim hatch

    Put down the crackpipe mike, biden crime family is going byebye, DONALD TRUMP 2020, MAGA

  6. Madelyn C Seekford

    I am so Proud of My President, he was a real gentleman from beginning to the end. You gave Biden the floor, threw him the rope and he hung himself! Biden and Harris will destroy this Great Country that I, we the people, hold so dear! Millions of people will lose their jobs we will lose our FREEDOM and our COUNTRY. God Bless President Donald J. Trump and God Bless America. MAGAA, Four More Years

  7. Russell Bateman

    I sympathize with the “Biden moments,” I have them too. But then, hey, I’m not trying to bamboozle America into electing the person in my sidecar as the next President! 😉

    • Mike

      When you are trying to get the facts straight, it is somewhat more difficult to get your thoughts together than when you are making the shit up as you go. Keep that in mind….

  8. Tommie

    Poor Joe…… I almost feel sorry for him………ALMOST!!!!!……LMBO……

  9. Dan Tyree

    Mike you’ve nailed it. Good for you. Most of everything that retard joe spouted has been debunked. The reason that he’s denying everything is because he can’t remember it. But, like you, his followers are also brain dead.

  10. DB

    No. I just heard Barrack Obama lying his arce off on Fox Radio in Miami on how good Biden is and how it was their work as President and Vice President that gave Trump such a good hand off in the Presidency. It is almost comical to listen to him lie so much. But that doesn’t surprise me as he lied to us all for 8 full years while raping each and everyone of us, just like Biden is doing although even more so like he is on steroids