It’s almost hard to remember at the time of writing — two hours later — but before the first presidential debate at Hofstra University Monday night, Hillary Clinton supporters were tying themselves into knots of anxiety.

The bar had been set incredibly low for Donald Trump. Pundits on every cable channel agreed: all he had to do was to get up on that stage and be, well, presidential. Stay calm, stay focused on his winningest issue — the economy — and don’t allow yourself to get baited by Clinton.

Well, as the world now knows, Trump couldn’t even stay calm long enough to stop arguing with (and talking over) moderator Lester Holt. Avoiding Clinton’s bait? Fuggeddaboutit. Trump might as well have ended the debate with a mouth full of fish hooks. Read more…

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