President Trump won the debate Thursday night. Here are ways his victory helped him.
1. Trump exceeded expectations. He was so off the charts during the first debate, that people wondered whether he could control himself during a debate. The president delivered a remarkably disciplined performance, making his case for himself and against Biden on the issues and attacking while not getting overly harsh. Meantime, Biden cleared the low bar set for him, but just barely. He sometimes seemed a bit confused, made errors, and was a little off his game. If he cleared the bar, his foot tapped it on the way over.
2. Biden wants to eliminate oil. This was a huge mistake. The liberal game here is not to speak specifically about getting rid of oil, but to discuss “transitioning,” which Biden said, but which you are supposed to do without saying you will end the oil industry. Everyone loves low gas prices, and everyone understands that oil affects all elements of the economy. Biden’s plan will cost average voters.
3. Serious Biden lies. Biden made two egregious lies. First, he said he never called for getting rid of fracking. That is untrue. Second, he, incredibly, revived the Barack Obama lie that under Obamacare, “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.” That was billed as the 2013 “lie of the year” by Politifact.
4. Trump made a strong appeal to black voters. President Trump is doing ample work to try to increase his share of the black vote. He emphasized that repeatedly in the debate. He doesn’t have to get too many more black voters to help him in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and Minnesota.
5. Trump got the Hunter Biden story into the mainstream. The president was able to circumvent the media blackout on the story about Hunter Biden’s relationship with a company associated with the Chinese government, and the possible involvement of Joe Biden too.