Well, that was fun. I have a hangover this morning, even though I no longer drink. I had my own feelings at the end of the show, but I wanted to wait to see what the journalism class and what Politico's "Caucus" of swing-state activists, strategists, and operatives thought. 80% of the Caucus respondents, equally Democrat and Republican believe Hillary won, as do most journalists.
“Trump was an embarrassment,” an Iowa Republican said. “I'd hate to be the guy in the spin room lying about how Trump won the debate.”
“It wasn't close,” a Virginia Republican added. “Sure, our tribal politics will force it to seem somewhat close, but even the most committed of Trump supporters know, deep down, that did not go well.”
Our friend Shane Goldmacher writes "A composed Hillary Clinton got under Donald Trump’s skin during their high-stakes showdown on Monday night, with the Republican nominee persistently interrupting Clinton as she needled him on his business record, the size of his fortune and his relationship with the truth."
WaPo's Chris Cilizza scores the winners and losers. "Trump was simply not prepared well enough for this debate. He regularly struggled to deal with questions he had to know were coming. His answer on his five-year quest to show that President Obama was not born in this country was like watching a car accident in slow motion. His answer on why he wasn't . . .