According to the current schedule published by the Commission on Presidential Debates, there will be four debates in 2016, the first of the polemical contests occurring on Monday, September 26 and the last on Wednesday, October 19. Only one of those debates brings the Vice Presidential candidates into engagement, while the other three serve to showcase the two candidates seeking the nation’s highest office.
At this point, one side of the stage is still empty. While it is all but certain that Donald Trump will be the Republican contender, the Democrats remain undecided as to who will stand at their podium, although it is looking more and more as though Hillary Clinton will assume the role.
And yet, no matter who is found standing opposite the real estate mogul in the debates, Trump is destined for slaughter and here’s why.
Trump is not as tough as you think he is because he isn’t driven by content, but rather emotion, and the Republicans are fools if they think that the Democrats aren’t prepared to ready their candidate for monopolizing on this.
Beneath Trump’s thin veneer of stoutness resides an unbridled bevy of passions that ultimately prove to govern his behavior – some behaviors being refreshing expressions of bold honesty, others incredibly embarrassing and often difficult to behold. When Trump’s emotions are stirred, typically by accusation, his first effort almost always involves child-like mocking expressions and tones followed by unintelligibly cyclical gibberish laced with insults. What can actually be deciphered from these most prominent rants, most often lacks any substance relative to the discussion at hand. In summary, when you are critical of Trump, don’t expect a content-driven argument intended to convince and convert the listener, but rather be ready to behold an emotionally charged tantrum.
The Republican primary season is over. The conventions will soon be upon us. The context of the approaching engagements between parties in the debates will be an altogether different landscape of onlookers. And no matter Trump’s presidential foe, I dare say that many conscientious American voters will watch the debates and a good number of them will be unwittingly subjected to the familiar experience of beholding a deliberately calm, almost boringly monotonous, but firm parent – the Democratic candidate – dealing with an angry, disrespectful, and stomping preteen with nothing of reasonable value (at least not to the majority of disengaged public) to necessitate such a frenzied response. This alone will have an inestimable effect upon the voting spectrum, quite possibly resulting in the elevation of Trump’s opponent as the better, more capable candidate. I don’t necessarily think it should happen this way, but I’m convinced it will.
If Trump doesn’t get this under control right now, he will defeat himself. The Democrat voters will vote for the Democrat, of course. The undecided will do what they did in the last election – vote for the Democrat – and the #NeverTrump crowd will have one more reason to be ashamed of their party’s candidate and abstain altogether on principle.
And I certainly would not fault them.