If tonight’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” is a preview of the presidential debates, Trump is a dead man walking.
Putting aside whether Hillary lied, contradicted herself, and revised history (and her underlying hostility), Clinton’s command of facts (actual and supposed) made Trump and his glib generalities look like an ignorant schoolboy. Because of what the talking-heads call “optics,” to the Great Unwashed it had to look like she knew what she was talking about, and he did not by falling back on slogans, superficialities, and canned clichés.
The debates may be too embarrassing to watch.
To fully understand why this was my reaction, imagine what it would have looked like if instead of Trump it had been Newt Gingrich on that aircraft carrier. Trump simply cannot hold his own with her because of her legal training and years around policy.
I don't have the time or, frankly, the inclination to explain how Trump can trump Hillary, except to state what should be, and apparently is not, obvious to his handlers. Under Article II of the Constitution, the President is "Chief Executive," something Trump has been and Hillary has not.
Instead of falling into traps such as "As Commander-in-Chief how would you fight ISIS," he should answer "I will not fight ISIS." When the shock subsides, he should quickly add "no more than I would deal blackjack in one of my casinos." And then explain the point in detail. Illustrated by a corporate diagram of the Trump Organization with him at the top, adding number of employees, income figures, countries, etc.
Running the country is no different in principle than running the Trump Organization. You get good people, allow them to do what they do, and manage the entire enterprise.
As a hands-on manager of a billion-dollar international corporation, Trump would leave empty-vessel Hillary in the dust while escaping the "When did you run NATO" kinds of trap questions.
Neither Trump nor his handlers are apparently smart enough to do that.