There’s an ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.”
And we do. This is an election season as brutal, polarized, nasty (and vulgar) as any we’ve ever seen. The second presidential debate is a case in point.
Donald Trump, reeling from the October Surprise video, pretty much managed to change the subject. Where he was uncomfortable and on the defensive in the first debate, he was aggressive, offensive and discomfiting in this debate. At times, he seems to be talking in tongues–about ISIS, e-mails, etc. At other times, he appeared to be following the “spaghetti strategy” of political debate: No matter what the question, just throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. It is doubtful that Trump picked up any new voters, but he probably re-energized his hard core base and managed to belie, at least for now, the impression of a sinking ship.