Hillary Clinton finished Donald Trump in the final debate of the presidential election.
Consider the evidence of the polls going into Wednesday — which show Clinton bordering on a landslide victory — and Trump’s inability or unwillingness to overcome his defects as a campaigner. There’s no other conclusion. We are now playing out the string. And the only question left after the debate is whether Trump and his hard-core supporters will accept his defeat.
In fact, moderator Chris Wallace made sure that was the big story coming out of the debate, needling Trump on his willingness to accept the results of the election. Trump is allergic to pledges of this sort, and he predictably bristled when asked to commit himself to a course of action ahead of time. “I will keep you in suspense,” he said. In this way he showed himself more loyal to the norms of reality TV “teases” than the norms of American democracy. Like most reality TV, I suspect this tease is overblown and will lead to nothing of consequence. But, like the rest of America, I’ll tune in anyway.
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