I haven’t really paid much attention to Hilary Clinton – it’s hard to take your eyes off Trump. And, watching the debate last night I thought he was awful: worse than I expected, worse, I think, than any presidential candidate ever – at least by my standards, but he’s not pitching himself to guys like me.
But I thought Clinton was pretty poor too. Not compared to Trump, obviously, but the standard critic of Clinton – that she’s too scripted, too insincere, has not articulated a positive vision, recites focus-tested platitudes – all felt very true to me watching the debate. (Tactically I thought she was very good.) It helped explain one of the mysteries of the contest: why Clinton isn’t doing much, much better against such an obviously terrible candidate.