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Prediction: Biden will win the debate

Remember the Lloyd Bentsen-Dan Quayle debate? Notice the smile on Bentsen’s face when Quayle predictably compared himself to “Jack” Kennedy, and Bentsen knew that he would get to clobber him with the zinger his debate-prep people prepared for him and Bentsen had practiced.

This Associated Press article should worry Trump supporters. Trump is barely doing any debate prep, while Biden has probably been doing little else. Trump is very predictable in the things he brags about and the insults he hurls. I am sure the Biden has several Lloyd-Bentsen-type zingers locked and loaded. The mainstream media will then surely amplify it to deafening proportions, and for 24 hours we will hear nothing on CNN except for how Biden really crushed Trump.

But wait, isn’t Biden supposed to be “senile”? That’s what you believe if you live in a right-wing echo chamber, but there don’t seem to be any leaks from the Biden camp about Biden being too senile to debate. I predict that Biden’s “senility” will turn out just like Hillary Clinton’s supposed “illness” back in 2016. Four years later, there’s still no sign of the mysterious malady that was supposed to have her on death’s door.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 27, 2020 at 1:13 PM

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  1. If Biden is so sure to “crush” Trump, why then does Pelosi keep insisting that he should not participate in the debates? Is she stating a genuinely held belief, or are these just the lines she’s been handed and told to recite?

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    September 27, 2020 at 2:03 PM

  2. That was Lloyd Bentsen. Show me where Biden does that to someone in a debate. Or, show me where Sarah Palin does it to someone. She had more debate prep than any candidate.

    Why did Palin have so much prep? Because her handlers were afraid she’d get clobbered. She didn’t get clobbered, but then again, she was going against Biden.

    Trump also didn’t prepare against Hillary. Hillary was more formidable than Biden. Trump managed to land big on her. Show me a highlight of anyone landing big on Trump without him hitting back even harder.


    September 27, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    • Polings showed that Hillary Clinton got a bounce from all three debates versus Trump. Trump does not do well in debates because he is so stupid and so limit in his skills.


      September 28, 2020 at 9:51 AM

      • Polling about Hillary wasn’t all that accurate; maybe because people were more sympathetic to a woman over the phone, but not in the booth; etc. etc.


        September 29, 2020 at 6:16 AM

      • Hillary won the election by 3 million votes which accurately relfected the national pollings. Wisconsin and Michicgan were polled as too close to call and those polls were accurately. As Nate Silver has explained, what helped Trump was that the results in Penn, Mich, and Wisc were correlated even if too close to call. Trump won due to that correlation.


        September 29, 2020 at 10:42 AM

  3. It wasn’t an “illness” that was claimed. The claim was she had Parkinson’s and she was taking meds for it that had well known side effects such as those videos where she is having seizures or her reaction to flashing lights. Personally I think she has something, but it may not be as bad as parkinsons. Dementia is a much more disqualifying illness in a president.

    The Philosopher

    September 27, 2020 at 2:15 PM

  4. Sure, it seems likely that Biden will “win” to some degree, by being more articulate or whatever. The question is, can Trump get his points through even as he “loses”.


    September 27, 2020 at 2:37 PM

  5. I think Biden will disappoint most people during the debate. He will not handle President Trump very well. We will make a couple of gaffes that will repeated endlessly by Trumpist, and he will be so vague on policy and to disappoint most people.

    Biden is running as if all he has to do is not lose and is running a prevent defense. This is a mistake against Trump

    Here is an article that explains why Biden will end up looking bad. Biden is not ready to debate someone who does not play by any rules.


    September 27, 2020 at 2:59 PM

  6. The fact that Pelosi keeps saying that Biden shouldn’t even do the debate makes me think she knows that Biden is senile.


    September 27, 2020 at 3:14 PM

  7. Thehill had a story about Biden’s debate coach: Ron Klain

    I have actually meet him one time and thought he was an idiot. Back in March, Klain was making the media round so that he could pat himself on the back about the Ebola response during the Obama Administration. I thought Klain’s number one concern with Covid-19 was that no one should be able to call him a racist. Klain did not care how many Americans were going to die from Covid-19 just as long as the Chinese and Chinese Americans got what they wanted.


    September 27, 2020 at 3:19 PM

  8. I predict another boring win for Trump in the presidential race. Trump supporters will be sticking with him thick and thin. The race is close anyway, but Trump will just trump Biden at the end.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 27, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    • There is no polling data that shows that the race is close and currently Biden is leading Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvai by a larger margin that Hillary Clinton ever did. If President Trump win, he will still lose the popular vote by a larger margin in 2016. In addition, there is a probablity that Trump wins but the Democrats win control of the Senate. If that happens, what is the over and under of how many times Trump will be impeached.


      September 28, 2020 at 9:50 AM

      • If Trump wins, and most likely, he will win, the MSM and the Democrats will run out of material to impeach him. They’re already running out of steam and will be using the noxious recycled waste water to run their propaganda over again.

        How long can Meriproles stomach the same ol’ tired stool water that Trump is illegitimate as the president?

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 28, 2020 at 11:52 AM

      • Second terms are always worse than the first term. Also, if Trump is re-elected, the corruption will go up and there will be riots and protests daily across the U.S. Also, even if the Republicans manage to hold onto the Senate in 2020, if Trump is re-elected in the Democrat will definitely win control of the Senate in 2022 (look at the last two years of Reagan, and GW Bush). if Trump is re-elected against the indications of all of the polling data and political trends, the Repubican Party will be a smoking crater by 2024 due to the loss of so many white voters.


        September 28, 2020 at 2:59 PM

      • Hmmm….the polls. The media is both a part of the Biden campaign and a client of the polling companies. Exactly what kind of public-facing polls do you think the media will purchase?


        September 29, 2020 at 12:28 AM

  9. The Atlantic also has an article that indicates that Biden will perform poorly in the debates because he, like Trump, does not like to prepare.

    It appears that Biden had rather sit around and tell old stories than stand behind a podium and have someone play Trump for debate prep. Biden is going to think that this debate is like past debates and that will be a fatal mistake for Biden.

    The lack of debate prep and the lack of campaigning does not speak highly of the Biden brain trust. The Biden team thinks they have already won and just need to run out the clock.


    September 27, 2020 at 3:24 PM

  10. That’s what you believe if you live in a right-wing echo chamber, but there don’t seem to be any leaks from the Biden camp about Biden being too senile to debate.

    Who would they leak it to?

    Any leaker who spoke about any illness Biden might be suffering would have their story buried by any reporter they told it to.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    September 27, 2020 at 4:13 PM

  11. I predict that Biden’s “senility” will turn out just like Hillary Clinton’s supposed “illness” back in 2016. Four years later, there’s still no sign of the mysterious malady that was supposed to have her on death’s door.

    And it was her Biden-like debate performance and perfect health that led Hillary to win the 2016 Presidential election.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    September 27, 2020 at 4:18 PM

  12. Wasn”t Hillary coached and Trump dominated her? I think Trump has the advantage of being real rather then a phony.


    September 27, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    • Trump did not dominate her. Go back and review how the media covered the debates in 2016. The Clinton team thought they won all three debates handily because Hillary Clinton prepped for the debates and Trump did not.

      In Tuesday debate’s aftermath, see how many times a gaffe by Biden is talked about versus President Trump’s non-answers, lies, and gaffes. The conventional wisdon is that sitting President do badly in their first debate GHW Bush, GW BUsh, and Obama because they do not prep enough.


      September 28, 2020 at 9:55 AM

      • You know what undid Hillary Clinton?

        Stating on camera that she wanted to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria against the Russian air force.

        You know what that means, right? The woman wanted to start a nuclear war with Russia.

        Trump did dominate her. I actually watched the debates.


        September 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM

      • Map,

        Based on the wikipedia page:

        For the first debate in 2016,

        Writing on September 28, FiveThirtyEight found that every scientific poll to that point had suggested that voters thought Hillary Clinton performed better than Donald Trump in the first debate.. A CNN/ORC poll of debate viewers found that 62% believed Clinton won, compared to 27% for Trump.

        For the second deate.
        A Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 42% of respondents considered Clinton the winner of the debate, while 28% considered Trump the winner, and a slightly higher percentage (30%) were undecided.[82] A CNN/ORC poll found that 57% of viewers believed Clinton won, compared to 34% for Trump, despite the fact that most respondents felt that the latter exceeded expectations. An NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll showed that Clinton won the debate with 44% to Trump’s 34%, while 21% said neither won.[84] A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 53% of viewers said Clinton won while 32% said Trump won.[85] According to a Gallup poll, 53% of viewers considered Clinton to be the winner while 35% considered Trump the winner.[86] A Fox News poll of debate watchers found 52% considered Clinton the winner compared to 39% for Trump, with 9% saying they tied or did not know. A Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute (CRI) poll of likely Ohio voters showed that 52% found that Clinton won the debate, 31% that Trump won, and 17% found that it was a tie.[88] According to a Qriously poll of likely voters in eight key battleground states, 44% gave the win to Clinton while 33% gave it to Trump. According to a Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Poll of likely Michigan voters, 48% gave the win to Clinton while 36% gave it to Trump.

        Trump’s claim that he won the second debate with Hillary Clinton “in a landslide” in “every poll” was found to be false by Politifact, which noted that “not only did Trump not win by a landslide margin, he didn’t win any of the polls at all”

        For the third debate:

        A Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 43% of respondents considered Clinton the winner of the debate, with 26% saying Trump. An NBC/SurveyMonkey poll showed that 46% of respondents considered Clinton as the winner, where as 37% considered Trump the winner. An ABC News poll found that 52% of likely voters thought that Clinton was the winner, with 29% saying that Trump won the debate.[105] A Gallup poll showed that Clinton beat Trump 60% to 31% in perceptions of who won debate. A poll by the CBS News Battleground Tracker of viewers in 13 swing states found that 49% of voters in those states thought that Clinton won the debate, while 39% thought Trump won, with 12% calling it a tie.

        Donald Trump’s use of the phrases “bad hombres” and “nasty woman” spurred massive viral backlash.

        An Associated Press/GfK poll, which asked respondents about the candidates’ performance in all three debates, found that 69% thought that Clinton performed better while 29% thought that Trump did.[112]

        So what are we suppose to believes, dozens of polls or the memories of a partisan hack.


        September 29, 2020 at 10:48 AM

      • I guess the real issue is whether Trump won or lost with prole white swing voters in swing states.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 29, 2020 at 1:43 PM

      • LOTB,

        First, thank you for posting more on your blog rather than depending on Twitter.

        Look up the work of Rachel Bitecofer of the Niskanen Center. Her voice is hard to listen to but she argues that elections are about turnout rather than persuasion. If a candidate is worrying about swing voters, they are running a persuasion campaign. If a candidate is trying to make his supporters angry, that is a turnout election and swing voters do not matter.

        The real discomfort on the left is the concern that Biden is running a persuasion campaign trying to get more votes from middle class whites when the Biden campaign should be running a turnout campaign to get more blacks, Latinos, educated whites to the polls where they vote in overwhelming number for Democrats.

        I suspect that if Biden loses in 2020, the entire discussion for the Democrats will be about throwing middle class whites under the bus to help get better turnout. If Biden wins with lower black and Hispanic turnout than Obama received, then the Democrats will focus more on middle class whites.


        September 29, 2020 at 3:10 PM

      • Biden doesn’t need to persuade White liberals and NAM minions to vote for him. It’s said in stone like the populace that have Trump lawn signs in Staten Island. He needs to focus on his prole background to connect with proles who otherwise will be voting for Trump.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 29, 2020 at 5:22 PM

      • Superdestroyer,

        You lost the argument at 538.

        And despite this overwhelming “polling” that oversamples democrats and tells us how wonderful Hillary Clinton was, she lost…and then you had several polls coming out saying how Hillary was a “bad candidate” and that someone else should have ran.

        I watched the debates…in their entirety. Hillary Clinton was alarming in the level of war-mongering she demanded.

        Again, a no-fly zone against Russian planes in WWIII.


        September 29, 2020 at 8:55 PM

      • Map,

        What should one believe: a partisan hack who dismisses every data point that he does not like or dozens of polls. I will take the polls. As was said before: Trump is bad at debates but is very hard to debate. That is why was shown in the first Biden/Trump debate. What also is shown is how many Americans are sociopaths who will vote for the sociopath so create more chaos and make life harder for most Americans.


        September 30, 2020 at 9:12 AM

  13. The old-time zinger is so gay.

    Why, God, did you make all my recent ancestors so weak and gay? How are these people part of the same race as Hernan Cortez, or Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Tell me, O Lord, why make Silents and Boomers so intolerably gay? Are you trying to teach me something? Please stop, I have learned my lesson.


    September 27, 2020 at 5:37 PM

    • What do you mean “intolerably gay”? I take it you don’t mean that literally as homosexuality is static and relatively rare. . If anything the generations you criticize were the last ones that had a taboo against it. Do you think of younger generations as straight and strong? I often hear criticism that is just the opposite.

      Jay Fink

      September 28, 2020 at 5:15 PM

      • Literal homosexuality is less gay than the Silents and Boomers. The entire cuck ideology of Post-War Americaniam is profoundly weak and gay, including especially worshipful fanfiction of JFK.

        I can only thank God this era is coming to an end, or at least it looks like it is with Trump. The more political polarization the better, as long as it means dispensing with all the fakery that props up losers like Bush and McCain.

        If all this comes to is a Who-Whom hellscape, where Woke Capitalists mouth platitudes and prop up a few black mediocrities, while simultaneously impoverishing the middle class… I will take that over the effete, toothless civic nationalism of the Silents and Boomers.

        It is only good and right that present white Americans be total wage slaves living in perpetual debt to Big FA(N)G, forced to grovel and apologize for imaginary sins to earn their bread. Just look at what their recent ancestors did when given freedom and prosperity.


        September 29, 2020 at 11:57 AM

  14. Getting old and losing a step isn’t an illness per se, but most of us of a certain age have had to have that conversation with a parent where you let them know that you’re taking their car keys away, and it’s for their own good. That’s the test here: if you’d be comfortable getting into a car with Biden as the driver, then go ahead and vote for him. If you think maybe his reflexes are a little too slow, and that his ability to judge speed, distance, and whether or not to try to make it through that yellow light, maybe best not to.

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    September 27, 2020 at 6:44 PM

  15. Lion, you shouldn’t make predictions. You predicted Hillary in 2016 didn’t you? Biden is senile. He’s been using a teleprompter for his supposed media “interviews”. Its all fake. Even if they shoot him up with amphetamines, Trump will clobber him.
    That’s why the Democrats keep saying there shouldn’t be any debates. That and the fact that the more you see Biden the less the electorate likes him. He’s a big phony with a plastic smile. Must have gotten that from his Used Car Salesman Daddy.
    After the first debate, that “lead” he has should disappear quickly. A second debate may not even happen. I predict disaster for Biden on Tuesday. If he even shows up.

    Joshua Sinistar (@Joshua06716)

    September 27, 2020 at 7:48 PM

  16. Well I agree that the media will declare Biden the winner.

    Based on his debate performance in the primaries, he seems to have about a good 45 minutes in him before he turns into grandpa Simpson, however with his sleep schedule re adjusted so he’ll be more alert during prime time, he could last much longer.

    Mike Street Station

    September 27, 2020 at 8:19 PM

  17. Biden has a habit of going off-script in ridiculous ways, and I don’t doubt that his debate prep is mainly drilling the same 15 talking points over and over and over with the emphasis being “Do not imrovise anything.” If he can do that, he will indeed win the debate. Trump really needs a classic Biden foot-in-mouth moment.


    September 27, 2020 at 8:42 PM

  18. I would rather listen to two random old guys arguing in the nursing home cafeteria for three hours than watch this train wreck.

    Two in the Bush

    September 27, 2020 at 8:49 PM

  19. Yeah, Biden holding it together for 90 minutes, dream on. Just hope he doesn’t slip into a Philippa Fallon performance.

    Daniel H

    September 27, 2020 at 8:50 PM

  20. But wait, isn’t Biden supposed to be “senile”? That’s what you believe if you live in a right-wing echo chamber, but there don’t seem to be any leaks from the Biden camp about Biden being too senile to debate.

    There was this:

    There were also a number of op/ed columns over the summer suggesting Biden shouldn’t debate Trump.

    I predict that Biden’s “senility” will turn out just like Hillary Clinton’s supposed “illness” back in 2016. Four years later, there’s still no sign of the mysterious malady that was supposed to have her on death’s door.

    You don’t remember this?

    David Pinsen

    September 28, 2020 at 1:22 AM

    • I don’t believe Hillary Clinton ever had Parkinson’s. At most what she experienced was severe exhaustion, which resulted in weird behavior sometimes. Plus she is a sociopath so she’s constantly acting and insincere anyhow. When she’s trying to fake excitement her insincerity comes through so obviously.

      Biden on the other hand has all the signs of dementia, which is further confirmed by the several leaks from worried campaign staffers (there were never any leaks from Hillary’s campaign). Lion presumes this is just the right-wing media lying on Biden, or manipulating video to make Biden seem stupid, but there’s too much evidence out there showing that something is seriously, seriously wrong with Biden. Too many verbal gaffes to be attributable to stuttering or nervousness (especially considering Biden was mostly coherent and a competent public speaker as recently a four years ago).


      September 28, 2020 at 2:34 PM

      • Biden was known for gaffes throughout his career. People were talking about his gaffes back in 2008 when he was Obama’s VP.

        Sad for Democrats, though, that the only prominent centrist white male in the party is 77 years old. Maybe Buttigieg will be his heir, although maybe Buttigieg needs to become a Senator or a governor before people take him seriously as President material.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 28, 2020 at 2:48 PM

      • More proof:


        September 28, 2020 at 3:46 PM

      • I feel that Buttigieg was the only Democrat who ran who was competent enough to be President and had a chance of winning. I wouldve preferred maybe Tulsi Gabbard but i dont think she couldve been elected President…


        September 28, 2020 at 3:48 PM

      • Isn’t it amazing how all you have to do to find immorality, graft, corruption, illness, or senility in a Democrat is to simply roll tape? They will just admit on camera all of their crimes and show their decrepit personalities and unhealthy bodies.

        But with Trump, there has to be a shadowy network of anonymous leakers and whistleblowers tied up with the intelligence agencies who assure us that their unverifiable classified research is double-plus, gold-plated good.

        What a juxtaposition.


        September 29, 2020 at 12:48 AM

      • Lion,

        “Biden was known for gaffes throughout his career. People were talking about his gaffes back in 2008 when he was Obama’s VP.”

        In the past, no one paid attention to Biden.


        September 29, 2020 at 8:58 PM

      • “People were talking about his gaffes back in 2008 when he was Obama’s VP.”

        I mostly remember them talking about his plagiarism. No word of that now.

        BTW – what kind of lazy dumbshit plagiarizes a speech whole? Including the personal stories?


        September 29, 2020 at 11:48 PM

  21. There have been leaks from the Biden camp, and to me it does look like dementia…BUT…

    As I commented here a few months ago: Biden has this decades-long track record of being the incoherent ‘Aw shucks, I’m just a barefoot Union Boy from Wall Street’ while on the road…then in kindly avuncular tones of sweet reason scientifically massacring his over-confident unprepared opponents at the actual debate.

    Trump should be hyper-prepared as a matter of principle for several scenarios from not being too tough on a pathetic sleepy ‘mumblin’ Joe’ (the dementia is real) to the usual transition to Super-Biden (it’s a trap). Unprepared conceit sank Clinton and can sink Trump.

    Robert the Libertarian

    September 28, 2020 at 2:33 AM

  22. Nobody decides who the vote for because of those debates, it is just entertainment and Trump is not a bad entertainer. You should vote for him because objectively, he was the best president since Reagan and he will be much better president than Biden. Your little tantrum about the corona is childish.


    September 28, 2020 at 2:53 AM

  23. Not sure how much debates matter. Everyone is so partisan they will see what they want to see. That said, given Biden’s lead in the polls he simply has to be competent to “win”. Trump needs a new angle if he wants to win undecideds, if there are any.

    Peter Akuleyev

    September 28, 2020 at 3:25 AM

    • Good points raised by an Upstate NY Republican who knows that the majority in Upstate will be supporting Trump in droves like they did in 2016.–tom-dadey-on-trump-and-upstate-new-york

      With the exception of Ruth Ginsburg’s College Town of Ithaca, Upstate NY is essentially prolelandia, where folks care more about food on the table and low taxes than any intellectual jerk. Proles in Upstate NY aren’t debating as to why solar power running on a public library is better than having it plug into an utility company for electricity or why setting up co-operative supermarkets that sells local and organic, instead of the lowly corporate chains that sell mass produced food on the dime, often at the expense of quality.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      September 28, 2020 at 10:53 AM

      • >>Good points raised by an Upstate NY Republican who knows that the majority in Upstate will be supporting Trump in droves like they did in 2016.

        Of course Trump gets the rural vote, and most of suburbia, but there just aren’t enough of these folk anymore. This election was decided in October 1965.

        Daniel H

        September 28, 2020 at 3:03 PM

      • Ithaca, NY and Tompkins County are good examples of rural and suburbia votes in favor of Clinton. What’s even more interesting is that Tompkins County is Whiter than some of the other counties in Upstate NY that voted for Trump. What’s even more fascinating is that Tompkins County favored Clinton more than those counties that are De-facto Democratic (such as those counties with major urban centers that have a large NAM population). A few things you can take from this: Tompkins County is one of the most educated counties in NY State with very few NAMs in its midst, and the City of Ithaca is just a small scale Portland.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 28, 2020 at 9:37 PM

      • This article was edited a few days ago. What is the best county to live in for every state:

        Tompkins County is the best county to live in New York State.

        Lion needs to move his you know what up there.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 29, 2020 at 9:02 AM

  24. I think Barrett is a more interesting topic. Not sure she is really the best pick if we are looking for a solid anti-immigrant court. A devout Catholic who has adopted Haitians doesn’t seem like the most reliable vote. Trump seems to be moving away from immigration to try to win on the same old abortion/corporate regulation/law and order shtick the GOP has used for decades.

    Peter Akuleyev

    September 28, 2020 at 3:33 AM

    • That would be a schtick if BLM and Antifa wasn’t running around threatening people.


      September 29, 2020 at 1:10 AM

  25. I don’t think Trump voters will care either way about how media wonks technically score the debate. He’ll make the same points he always makes, and avoid the questions that don’t help him.
    PS The NYT tax-returns article is a big nothingburger. What a waster of reporters man-woman-hours.


    September 28, 2020 at 5:22 AM

    • It’s a nothing burger because we all already knew Trump is a fraud and deeply in debt, true. His supporters haven’t all realized that though.

      Peter Akuleyev

      September 28, 2020 at 9:55 AM

      • Trump paid $35 million in taxes in 2005.


        September 29, 2020 at 1:12 AM

  26. Re: Hillary

    My late father always had a theory that unpleasant women (“bitches”, if you will) have a tendency to live forever. I’ve certainly collected more anecdotal evidence of this in my time; my kindest aunt died at 54, my cruelest at 91. I do kind of think that if Hillary was a man, he’d be dead or dying by now — the shock of the defeat would have sent his sent his health into a downward spiral.

    As for Biden, didn’t he prep for the Democratic debates and still kind of blow it? I expect some confusing and downright stupid statements from both of them, but I don’t expect Biden to get massacred. And if the debate is anything but Biden getting massacred, the media will be fairly successful (in the eyes of swing voters) at spinning it as a Trump defeat.


    September 28, 2020 at 8:57 AM

  27. Bush-Quayle won. Bentsen never became VP, despite his zinger that is still remembered today.


    September 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    • Because the vice presidential candidate usually has very little impact on which ticket people vote for. Bush won despite his bad pick for VP because people were voting for a third term of Reagan, and Dukakis was an uncharismatic candidate.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 28, 2020 at 11:31 AM

      • Dukakis was leading in polls by 17 points.


        September 29, 2020 at 1:16 AM

    • True. If Benson were running against Quale, it would have been a different story.


      September 28, 2020 at 1:12 PM

      • If Benson were running against Quale, it would have been a different story.

        Bah. Under full exposure, Quayle shines over Benson.

        Quayle was an up and comer that worried the Dems and media; thus the full court press against him.

        Benson’s zinger was just a cheap shot.


        September 29, 2020 at 7:03 AM

      • I agree, it WAS a cheap shot. But there’s the power of having the media on your side.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 29, 2020 at 7:12 AM

  28. Remember the VP debate when old man Biden ripped fresh young hope Paul Ryan a new one? OK, it was a while ago but still you know don’t get ambushed.


    September 28, 2020 at 1:47 PM

    • Eh…I don’t.

      NJ has been a tiny Democratic bluesy state playing 2nd fiddle over its larger and robust cousin NYS for eons. It has a few crumby NAM cities like NAMden, NAMwark, Noisey City and the SWPLike Hobo-Kin (only deemed a desirable place because of its proximity to the Staten Island Ferry), not to mention funky suburbia like Hee-Haw-Ken, Teethering-Boro, the inland river moat, Sea-Caucus, the planet Neptune and your beloved Piscataway.

      This is was the 2016 presidential election results for Joisey, similar to NYS with more reddy areas, and blue overall, only because White liberals + NAMs outnumber Joisey Shore guidos and proles.

      And here’s another reason why NJ plays 2nd fiddle to NYS.

      NJ’s Montclair being the most SWPL oriented suburbia lacks the scenic beauty of the lower status Hipsterville of Beacon, NY.

      Montclair’s downtown area:

      Beacon, NY:

      New Yorkers pay a lot of taxes like a mountain tax so they can stare up and saw “wow”.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      September 28, 2020 at 4:11 PM

      • Nice pictures. I prefer Beacon.


        September 29, 2020 at 4:02 AM

      • Montclair is the only town in NJ where Manhattan urban strivers feel at home. This signifies the reason why Montclair is the most SWPL oriented suburb in NJ. Manhttan SWPLs known moving to NJ is a death knell to their social status. NJ doesn’t have any cities conducive to White “culture”.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 29, 2020 at 9:14 AM

  29. Trump basically lost every debate to Hillary and it didn’t matter. Hell, he embarrassed himself in some GOP debates as well (remember “Triad”?) Biden is suffering from cognitive decline but he has moments of great coherence, as in the Georgia debate. That’s what the Dems are betting on.


    September 28, 2020 at 1:54 PM

    • “Triad.”

      Yeah, Marco “Foam Party” Rubio running around talking about nuclear submarines and constantly repeating how some world bogeyman “knows exactly what he is doing.”

      A complete flop using military dialectic to challenge Trump’s rhetoric of getting American’s out of forever wars.


      September 29, 2020 at 1:19 AM

      • “getting American’s out of forever wars.”

        That has to be the most underplayed aspect of this administration. The wars along with the economy were the two biggest issues of the 2008 election.

        The Dem’s blamed baby Bush for the financial crisis even though it was actually their affirmative action sub-prime mortgages that caused it. Bush just happened to be unlucky enough to be in office when the house of cards collapsed. This time around, the msm blames Trump for the virus’ economic impact even though that wasn’t his fault, either. The virus has wreaked havoc on developed economies worldwide regardless of government response or numbers infected. With all of Trump’s faults, it’s hard to believe that the issue weighing most heavily on his re-election is the one he’s actually not responsible for.

        But back to the “forever wars”. Obama ran on a platform of marxist medicine and ending the forever wars. The msm spent most of Bush’s two terms yammering about the wars. Yet that stopped the instant Obama was elected. If anything he expanded the wars and made it worse. Trump tried to end the wars that pretty much everyone around the world hated and all he got was criticism for it.

        Yeah, I get it. They hate Trump and aren’t going to give him credit for anything. Not an economy that raised the wages for working and middle class (especially minorities and women) more than anyone else has in decades. Nor for trying to pull us out of wars that have cost us trillions and well over a million lives. But if they don’t care about minorities, women, working / middle class or ending disastrous wars, then just what do they care about? Because they certainly don’t care about us.

        That’s not a rhetorical question. I want people to think about it. If they don’t care about any of those things then what do they care about???


        September 29, 2020 at 1:07 PM

      • “ If they don’t care about any of those things then what do they care about???“

        Narrative control. Divide and conquer. This explains everything:


        September 29, 2020 at 11:31 PM

  30. Trump is an entertainer, and a good one. I have watched a couple of his airport MAGA rallies over the last week. He tells stories, anecdotes, makes jokes…seemingly spontaneous, until you realize they are the same at every rally. He raises and lowers his voice, pauses for effect, has dialogs with himself…he’s close to professional at it.

    Anyway, a competent entertainer who also makes serious statements (he is running for the most powerful job in the world) will do just fine, and beat Biden, in my opinion. He didn’t have his act so well-honed last time around. People will enjoy him tomorrow night. And he loves doing it.

    Amused Observer

    September 28, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    • There is a conventional wisdom that Trump does best with a live audience since he gets immediate feed back. The crowds at his rallies are very friendly to his act and that makes the act easier.
      A compentent debater such as Bill Clinton in his prime or Barack Obama in his price would have destroyed Trump since they would have practice enough to learn how to get under his skin and off of his routine. However, Biden is not capable of doing that. So the Democrats are back to hoping that the debates do not matter since they did not matter in 2016.


      September 29, 2020 at 10:53 AM

  31. For those of us who would rather gouge our eyes out than watch a debate that won’t change our vote…


    September 28, 2020 at 3:45 PM

  32. Lion talks about the Chassidim of the Hudson Valley, namely Curious George in Orange County and the rise of infections like the city, yet he forgets one place in Beltway Brooklyn that is home to a super orthodox community of Middle Eastern Jews known as Gravesend which also has seen a rise of covid cases. The name would be fitting if more and more people die from the virus in that neighborhood.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 28, 2020 at 4:45 PM

    • By the way, you shouldn’t be pissed that the Chassidim are spreading the covid virus like wildfire in places like Orange County. One group who devolves need to devolve an entire region that needs to be devolved in order to evolve. Other than the vineyards and green spaces in Orange County, the county is decrepit, rusty, crime ridden and needs to be cleaned out in order to rebuild. Newburgh is a prime example.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      September 28, 2020 at 9:09 PM

  33. Here’s more from Joe “Clap, You Stupid Bastards” Biden.


    September 29, 2020 at 1:25 AM

  34. Trump is an alpha male. As such, he does not rehearse for anything. He already has confidence that he will prevail and does not give a shit what anybody thinks. I am not sure where you are getting the idea that Democrats are not worried about Biden’s senility. There are numerous Democrat insiders such as David Axelrod who have expressed their concern. Others, like Nancy Pelosi, have been trying to get Biden out of the debates for months now. Biden’s staff have been hiding him at every opportunity. A confident campaign does not behave this way.


    September 29, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    • “Trump is an alpha male. As such, he does not rehearse for anything. He already has confidence that he will prevail and does not give a shit what anybody thinks.”

      In my experience alphas, like the Roman Legions, hyper-prepare. Thus they seem unrehearsed and super-confident.

      Robert the Libertarian

      September 30, 2020 at 12:47 AM

    • Alpha males do not spend $70k on their hair and probably more on spray tan. Alpha males do not have trophy wives.


      September 30, 2020 at 9:14 AM

  35. Lion – I took a walk in Hell’s Kitchen today and it was nightmare navigating in Manhattan seeing swarms of NAMs and proles not wearing any face covering. Your neighborhood was especially severe, where every street block is all eateries making social distancing impossible when outdoor dining.

    Guess who I saw today? Besides spotting Toby Milstein in the Flatiron District last year, I spotted another well known individual mentioned on your blog near the same area by Madison Square Park. Except this person isn’t much of a positive inducing character.

    Hint: He has an olive complexion and he wore his trademark blue suit without a face covering which is the reason why I could recognize him. A prole of course and my nick name for this individual is the Grim Reaper and he was speaking to an Asian woman.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 29, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    • We must be living in the Twilight Zone if the Guido Congressman from Staten Island was on a corner in Midtown Manhattan chit chatting with an Asian woman without a mask during a pandemic. Grim is the word!

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      September 29, 2020 at 5:26 PM

  36. From the New York website, here are the Covid-19 positivity rates for each county in NYS:

    Besides being the most educated county, Tompkins County has the lowest rate of .01% of all the NY counties.

    So education attainment has something to do with the likelihood of catching Covid-19!

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 29, 2020 at 5:56 PM

    • Chenango County has 0%.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 29, 2020 at 10:09 PM

      • They tested only 111 people in Chenango County and the positivity rate is 0%.

        They tested 2,631 people in Tompkins County and only 3 people tested positive.

        So yes, Tompkins County has the lowest rate of all the counties based on significant testing.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 29, 2020 at 11:18 PM

      • North Country, which is essentially the Adirondacks in New York State, has a positivitity rate of 0% in all of its counties. It must be the frontier or wilderness and the sparse populations that allow plenty of room for social distancing

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 30, 2020 at 10:46 AM

  37. Biden getting killed.

    Biden is confusing his campaign rhetoric with the debate.


    September 29, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    • It’s given that Trump has trumped Biden on the debate. I’ve said it before. Clinton couldn’t do it, let alone Biden.

      Just love how the MSM says it was an unprofessional sh!tfest between the two and nobody won. Blah!

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      September 29, 2020 at 11:24 PM

    • I am a Trump supporter but I didn’t like his style in this debate. Too much interrupting. Both candidates were annoying to me. Too much yelling and insults flying and hardly any substance.

      Jay Fink

      September 30, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    • See the latest snap polls. The debate results are not going to get swing voters to vote for Trump nor discourage Biden supporters to not vote.

      Also, results from the Frank Luntz focus group.


      September 30, 2020 at 9:23 AM

  38. Congratulations! Your blog is now disappeared from google.

    My 2¢

    September 29, 2020 at 10:27 PM

  39. People are laughing at Biden. Never a good sign. Better they hate you with white hot passion than they laugh at you. Biden’s toast.


    September 29, 2020 at 11:27 PM

  40. Biden won by accomplishing his main goal of not looking senile by simply showing up, looking sharp and sounding cool and calm, and as a bonus making Trump go off-topic and stumble.

    Biden handed Trump the debate with several senior-moment goofs and insults, not to mention the mannah of absolutely crazed remarks like ‘I’m the Democratic Party’ but unprepared Trump didn’t grab that and go for daylight. The moderator joined the slaughter with loaded but very predictable questions for which unprepared Trump had no ready answer and counter-punch. Biden, in contrast, had a ready attack on most of Trump’s stumbles.

    I’m surprised they had no opening statements. That worked to Biden’s advantage, a golden opportunity missed for Trump to frame the riots, COVID, his peace efforts, and his future plan.

    Meanwhile the ‘fair’ Debate Commission is not following its own rules and again using polls to decide on who debates that exclude the Libertarian and Green by not asking about them. It would be very interesting to see the Green undermine Biden’s Green happy-talk and the Libertarian Jo Jorgensen hammer on the deficit and left rioting and ballot access suppression.

    First poll:

    Robert the Libertarian

    September 30, 2020 at 1:13 AM

  41. Now Lion and his ilk are claiming “victory doesn’t matter” and “nobody won” the debate.

    What that really means is that Donald Trump won and he won big crushing Joe all night.


    September 30, 2020 at 1:46 AM

  42. Convention cruises are indeed not safe, but I think this type of Peekskill cruise is safer and getting covid from this is as chancey as outdoor dining and less risky than eating out along one of the restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    September 30, 2020 at 3:20 PM

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