What Hillary Wants Out of Vegas
When will Wikileaks revelations finally take a bite out of Hillary’s campaign? That’s the headline in a Daily Beast article, and the immediate answer seems to be: not before November 8th. In fact, to be fair to the Daily Beast, they merely ask if Wikileaks will ever “catch up” to Hillary.
Whether Trump hammers home some of the revelations from the leaked emails in the debate tonight in Vegas is, as always with Donald Trump, a mystery. We'll see if he talks about an apparent Quid Pro Quo between the State Department and the FBI, that hinges around the idea of de-classifying some of the emails found on Hillary's private server. We'll see if he drives home the point about Hillary's untrustworthiness, and if he scores any points in the media for doing so.
And most importantly, if the above does happen, will it actually move the polls? Especially in key swing states.
Byron York has done an insightful, professional, and consistent job covering the Trump campaign. That's a near miracle given how partisan and angry the general and primaries have been. And York himself is now saying that Trump's mission - tonight in Vegas and through election night - is all but impossible. Could Trump overcome these odds with one brilliant debate performance? Not likely, even if he does put in a strong showing tonight.
So what is Hillary's aim for tonight? Aside from deciding whether to shake hands with "him?" Does she go high - meaning avoiding all questions on the email? Does she pivot to Trump and let him do the talking? Because regardless of what her specific tactics are in the debate, a clear goal is emerging for Hillary.
Win at least 50% of the popular vote on election night. So she can triumphantly say: see? People like me! I'm trustworthy! There is hope in America! Even if it's me in the White House!
This matters to her for more than just the usual egotistical reasons a candidate has. The more political capital Hillary can cobble together from tired, disillusioned and disgusted voters, the more of a cushion she has when the media finally decide to start taking the leaked emails seriously. Perhaps on January 21st, the day after the drapes have been hung.Posted by Keeley at October 19, 2016 3:56 PM