Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kellyanne Conway calls Donald Trump "The Babe Ruth of debaters." Well they certainly share the same waistline.

(The entire interview is chock full of obfuscation and blame shifting but the debate comment comes around the 3:34 mark.)

Courtesy of Politico:

On the eve of the first presidential debate, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, described her candidate Sunday as “the Babe Ruth of debating,” a glowing assessment that’s unusual at a time when both camps typically work to rein in expectations. 

“He's a brilliant debater,” Conway said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Newt Gingrich put it best. The former speaker recently said Donald Trump is the best debater he's ever seen. He's like the Babe Ruth of debating. He really shows up and swings and does a great job.”

Too be charitable Babe Ruth was known for eating poorly and drinking alcohol the night before a game and still knocking the ball out of the park with amazing frequency. So perhaps that is what Conway and Gingrich are suggesting, however in his past debate performances Trump hardly knocked anything out of the park.

And according to a recent article Trump's advisers are either losing faith in his ability as a debater, or are setting the media up to underestimate him.

Here is a link, judge for yourself:

Mr. Trump is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of Mrs. Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities … He has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials.

He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers … He prefers not to do a full-length mock debate, and has no set person playing Mrs. Clinton. He is not using a lectern for mock debate drills, despite suggestions from some on his coaching team that simulating a one-on-one debate is good practice after the primary debates that featured several rivals 

Some Trump advisers are concerned that he underestimates the difficulty of standing still, talking pointedly and listening sharply for 90 minutes. 

He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers. 

He does not like practicing an answer over and over until it is letter-perfect and appropriately brief. But this weekend’s work will be geared to running through questions while Mr. Trump is on his feet and aware of a countdown timer when he is speaking. 

He believes debates are not won or lost on policy minutiae since most viewers will not remember them in an hour. His advisers see it as a waste of time to try to fill his head with facts and figures … Advisers are urging him to focus on big-picture themes rather than risk mangling facts. 

His instinct in debates is often to attack and insult opponents, which had an upside during the circuslike primary debates but could be grating during a 90-minute one-on-one debate. 

Mr. Trump can get bored with both debate preparations and debates themselves. His advisers have been reinforcing the importance of listening and focusing on every word Mrs. Clinton says and looking for ways to counterattack.

Like I said this could all be mind games designed to lull the Clinton campaign into complacency, however much of what is written here looks exactly like what we have seen in past debate performances.

However I do know that Clinton has taken several days off this last week to prepare, and is aware that she might see a completely different Donald Trump show up then the one we are all used to seeing.

But to think that Hillary is unprepared in any way for this debate, or that attempts to psyche her out by lowing expectations or inviting Gennifer Flowers will work, is to have not been paying any attention for the last twenty five years or so.


  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    The people who talk behind your back and create lies (including creating lies about your unborn child's father by falsely insinuating there could be more than one possibility) are the people with the most problematic lives and biggest problems and personality flaws.

    1. Anonymous5:04 PM

      Oh my goodness, hit a nerve?
      Every damned thread.
      We weren't talking about YOU.
      The post below to air your grievances, please.

    2. Anonymous5:11 PM

      What has your thinly veiled and totally offbase rant about Bristol Palin got to do with the article?? You need to up your meds and STFU.

    3. Anonymous5:29 PM

      @4:39 PM It was Dakota's Facebook account that showed Bristol's IV tape with 11-4-15. So go after him for exposing Bristol as a LIAR. It was Dakota who requested a DNA test. Sailor was not born on 12-22-15, FACT!

    4. Anonymous5:55 PM

      It was Bristol who called 2/14/15 the worst mistake of her life. It was Bristol who ran off to Kentucky, ran home again, dated, and then welcomed Dakota back into her bed. Good grief.

    5. Anonymous6:18 PM

    6. Anonymous6:25 PM

      Trolls pay must have dropped to the point that only illiterates need apply. Otherwise how to explain this comment on this thread?

    7. Anonymous7:02 PM

      The people who display their public lives on line are asking for the insults. If they want privacy, they just don't need to write excuses about having a huge disappointment or making the biggest mistake of their life. More than one possibility? I didn't send the baby photo to Dakota, the one with 11/4/2015. I didn't stage a hospital photo with a badly scribbled IV tape changing the date. Most of all, I didn't put that stuff on instagram. As long as Bristol and Dakota post their private lives in a public form, it's kind of hypocritical for people to talk about how they deserve privacy. The solution is easy. Tell them to stop posting those fake photos of date night and my rules for marriage.

    8. Anonymous4:07 AM

      @7:00pm - you do know that there is no law requiring you to follow anyone's life, don't you? It's as simple as changing a TV channel elwhen you don't like a program. You people obsessively follow everything the Palins do and then butch & criticize constantly that the Palins are forcing themselves on you.

    9. Anonymous5:58 AM

      Creating lies, who's creating lies. Brissy you supposedly married your dough boy while a paternity test was requested prior. Hahaha! You should have said this babble to your husband not us. Gee!

  2. Anonymous4:50 PM

    In the beginning.."The former president’s finest moment was mustering an international coalition to kick former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait ― and then resisting the temptation to invade Iraq and remove him." RIGHT?

    1. Anonymous5:06 PM

      Because "Daddy."
      And 9/11. Collateral damage.

  3. Anonymous5:08 PM

    I watch Kellyann Conway and i wonder what is wrong with someone who can lie so easily and often. She shares that with Trump for certain but how can people lie like that?

    1. Anonymous5:21 PM

      Easy when there's money involved and exposure. I'm the FACE of this campaign!
      All that's missing is the pole.

    2. Anonymous6:24 PM

      I wonder how people like Conway obtain serious professional jobs after being the Trump's campaign manager. Is there any lower to go? Besides being an associate to a Palin?

    3. Anonymous6:58 PM

      What's wrong with someone who can lie so easily and often? She lying for money. If she had a soul, she sold it for money. Other women sell something else for money. But, I call all of them the same thing. When you sell out for money, you really are a wh......

    4. Anonymous3:05 AM

      All the folks involved with Palin during the McCain campaign did all right by it. Profited as a matter of fact. Whenever I watch them on TV I just think about how some people will do anything for money. As far as I'm concerned they throw away their credibility when they sell their souls to be part of a political campaign that will destroy the country.

    5. Anonymous7:54 AM

      I know they are getting paid big $ to lie like that.But i mean the actual ability to just make up lies like they do.They have to be a sociopath.How else could they feel no guilt and lie as easily as they breathe.

  4. ibwilliams5:21 PM

    Trump can't pay attention for an hour and a half? He sounds like Reagan reborn. The original puppet President come back to life with a little more ego and a lot less class.

    1. Maple6:19 PM

      Debate rules forbid any clapping, cheering etc. Anyone who does so will be politely "escorted out". So, without any audience response, as he has had at all his rallies, Trump won't be getting any feedback. I wonder how he'll handle that? Thumbsucking does come to mind.....

    2. Anonymous7:38 PM

      good point - maybe flowers can wink at him or something.

  5. Anonymous5:24 PM

    Never underestimate your enemy. If Trump does not spend the entire 90 minutes rolling on the floor and sucking his thumb, I predict the media will call it for Trump. Very unfortunately.

    1. Anonymous5:53 PM

      I agree. He never answers a question. He knows little to nothing about anything, and he'll lie and insult and whine, and the media will say, "He did great!" if he manages to stay on stage the whole time.
      It's like Palin/Biden. She never answered anything either, and he was brilliant, but many called it for her because expectations were so low.

    2. Anonymous6:08 PM

      $arah spent the 90 minutes evading questions of which she did not know answers but pulled back around to what she managed to comprehend and stick with. Energy, of which she still doesn't know.

      "May I call you Joe?" turned into O'Biden later, of which he Cheshire cat grinned at her idiocy.

      Who's scared? Not Hillary!

    3. Anonymous6:09 PM

      I so hope that Hillary Clinton will be given her due after the debate tomorrow night. We already know she is more experienced and knowledgeable than he and debates well.

      He should never be declared the winner like he declared himself the last go around during the primary. That debate was asinine!

  6. Anonymous5:24 PM

    Oh Kelly, you got it wrong, he's a brilliant masturbater.

  7. I hope she tromps him, trumps him. How much she prepared, how little he did, what she knows, how little he does, whether is the Babe Ruth of debates acc to his campaign manager, whether she has been a master of debates in the past, none of it matters. It's all the perception that hits voters, the ones who will take the trouble to vote in the essential states that will count.

    1. Anonymous6:14 PM

      That is a lot of nothing that you posted. Do you enjoy reading your crap?

    2. Anonymous7:51 PM


    3. Anonymous8:02 AM

      5:33 reply was very insightful and well written 6:14.Your response was unnecessarily nasty.I think reading comprehension is not one of your strengths.

  8. Anonymous5:52 PM

    Wasn't Ruth an alcoholic womanizer? Trump claims he never touches alcohol, but if she is comparing a womanizer to another womanizer, yeah he is like the Babe.

    1. Anonymous6:55 PM

      One of the most dumb comparisons made. Babe Ruth hit home runs. Trump just shoots his mouth off.

  9. Anonymous5:58 PM

    I love the Alaskan meme "one does not simply assess taxes on alaskans"


    1. Anonymous6:44 PM

      The rambling of a crazy person.

    2. Anonymous8:04 AM

      6:44 so true. They need to up their meds and go away.

  10. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Trump's debate coaches' biggest challenge will be getting him to choke down his ADHD medication prior to his lumbering onto the stage. /s

  11. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Given how it's a given that no ambitious or busy people waste time in the kitchen, I was pretty surprised to learn from a friend who's known Sarah Palin since 1997 that she can cook and makes amazing baked goods for gifts. But apparently her casseroles and salmon are divine.

    1. Anonymous6:27 PM

      Hello, are you lost?

    2. Anonymous6:39 PM

      How much are you being paid to post? She carves a turkey bottoms up with a butter knife.

    3. Anonymous6:43 PM

      Now you are just being silly.

    4. Anonymous6:48 PM

      OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!!!! ENOUGH!!!!!

    5. Anonymous6:53 PM

      I've seen the videos of Sarah Palin pretending to cook. 6:06 must be writing about a different woman with the same name.

    6. Mackenzie7:00 PM

      News flash for you! I am both very busy and quite ambitious and I spend hours each day in the kitchen. In fact, I love to cook so much that I went back to school in my thirties to become a pro chef. But I have a hard time believing that about Sarah Palin.

    7. Anonymous7:59 PM

      What the hell has that got to do with the debates? I am not looking for a chef to be President.

      We are not judging a cooking show. We are not judging some contestant for reality tv. This is the God Damn leader of the free world we are about to elect here.

      Who the hell cares about Sarah Palin or her spawn.She is a non player in this election Trump even dumped her because their egos clashed. She wanted to ride his publicity for her own gain and met her match. No way was he going to let Palin pull her show after he saw her how disliked she is by conservatives.

      Palin is done. All she has left is a small following. When was the last time she was even mentioned in the news although she tries to be through facebook.When was the last time she had a speaking engagement? She is just stupid Joe Blow always bitching about whats wrong, always negative

      I don't see America as bitching whining losers telling me how bad it is. Palin made her money off of bitching. I want to be inspired and i don't want some idiot like Trump who cant handle critisism running the show .

      Who the hell votes for a President who runs down their own Country? Someone like Trump who never served that's who. A pampered egotistacal idiot that thinks it's all simple.

      Make America Great Again is the clue here people. He is running for President by saying he does not think America is great.Think about that.

      Every vet out there and non vet should take that as an insult to our resolve, as a loss of determination and faith.

      No way.

    8. "Given how it's a given"
      The Department of Redundancy Department.

    9. Anonymous6:46 AM

      Narcissistic personalities are driven to trash and run down things and people so they can be the fictional super hero to God like supreme being who will make everything grandiosely wonderful. They get off on pulling one over and manipulating pitting people against people.

  12. Anonymous6:10 PM

    Kellyanne Conway
    Donald Trump's campaign manager.


  13. Anonymous6:34 PM

    The media keeps talking about 90 minutes. Well, they both have to stand there for 90 minutes, but each will have half that time, 45 minutes to speak. Trump can run on easily for that long. Even if he is fact-checked, he just moves on to another ridiculous statement. He NEVER RUNS OUT of super-confident sales pitches and hyperbolic sound bites. It is so maddening, and yet nearly impossible to overcome. Any substantive response gets bogged down in lengthy analysis. Trump is the self-assured, energetic strong man with snappy one-liners. Hillary is painted as the boring bureaucrat, as well as an untrustworthy dragon lady with health problems. I fear for the "optics" of her performance tomorrow.

    1. Anonymous7:07 PM

      Trump will use the best words, the very best words. People tell him all the time that his words are the best, they come up to him all the time. It is about making America great again my friends and only Trump has the words needed to do this difficult, very, very difficult...he will do great things, the greatest things. Trust me, Trump has a plan, a great plan, but he can't share the details of his plan, because his enemies would love to know the details, but trust me, it is the best plan to make America great again. It's a great, great, very good plan.

    2. Anonymous7:17 PM

      I totally agree and why I will not watch.

    3. Trump only needs 15 minutes of talking, cause he says everything three times.

  14. Anonymous6:49 PM

    Kellyanne is the only woman on earth who could make Ann Coulter look desirable.

  15. Anonymous7:17 PM

    What a person's spouse and kids say about them is all that matters about that person.

    1. Anonymous7:35 PM

      I hear Eva Braun had only great things to say about her man.

    2. Anonymous7:54 PM

      Is that a fact? OMG the stupid. LMAO

    3. Anonymous3:01 AM

      Of course it does (LOL) Especially if he's your father, the only employer you've ever had in your life and a million/billionaire. Yup. Ditto goes for if you're a small time model/actress looking for a sugar daddy. It's all about $ecurity eh.

    4. Anonymous8:12 AM

      That is possibly one of the most misguided idiotic statements ever said.How fucking stupid are you?

    5. Anonymous8:52 AM

      The spouse(s), mistresses, progeny of a sociopath are not reliable critics of said sociopath. Psychology, how does it werk?

  16. Anonymous7:31 PM

    "made the decision to profit by selling his supporter list to Trump"Cruz asks campaigns to pay more than $22,000 for the right to send a single email his list of 280,000 digital donors. He charges more than $51,000 to ping his full email file of 1.28 million supporters. Because Trump has rented Cruz’s list so often, he is almost surely receiving a negotiated discount from the list price, industry veterans say.Graham’s records show that Trump and his joint fundraising committee has solicited the Cruz list more than any other candidate or committee — a total of 31 times, most recently on Friday, only hours before Cruz revealed on Facebook that he was voting for Trump.
    Nowhere in the fine print of the Trump emails does it disclose to recipients that they ended up on the GOP nominee’s email list by previously signing up for Cruz’s list.

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  17. Anonymous8:06 PM

    Babe Ruth?

    She must have meant that Donald Trump has those funny short bandy legs beneath the big belly like Babe Ruth, and runs just like him.

  18. Anonymous9:44 PM

    ...He believes debates are not won or lost on policy minutiae since most viewers will not remember them in an hour. His advisers see it as a waste of time to try to fill his head with facts and figures...

    I swear the Big D (or tiny one?)is Sara Palin's identical twin separated at birth.

    Two peas in the same pod, politically preparation wise.

    "I'm not going to answer your moderator type questions, I'm gonna' speak directly to the American people and tell them just what they want to hear."

    90 minutes is a long time for Trump to not be talking off the cuff in a long-run on sentence of his own choosing.

  19. Anonymous10:25 PM

    Why Donald Trump
    Should Not Be President

    Donald Trump is a man who dwells
    in bigotry, bluster and false promises.


  20. Anonymous10:42 PM

    Trump will exceed everyones expectations.

    Hillary will be a bore.

    Face the reality folks.

    1. Anonymous5:19 AM

      You will have no money once orange guy is in. If you arent rich now forget it, welcome to poverty when orange guy is in.

    2. Anonymous5:25 AM

      I'm delighted to hear that Donald will exceed everyone's (note use of apostrophe) expectations. Waving his penis would be good enough to meet my expectations, although many people say he'll at least use "cunt".

      Secretary Clinton merely has to SMILE to satisfy the Reince Preibus and the rest of the old white men who decide whether a woman's body is a "ten" crowd. She has a cakewalk.

      Until Donald gets the teleprompter surgical implant and the wire to some Dick Cheney-like creature, he can NOT stay on topic even to the extent of within a single sentence.

      Mitt Romney didn't have a concession speech. Donald's team won't make that mistake.

  21. Anonymous2:55 AM

    I'm getting pretty tired of kellyannie going out and "lying for her supper." Unless and until her client releases FULL tax AND health records she can zipit.

  22. Anonymous5:18 AM

    Haha a woman, no not a man to speak for orange guy. Ha! A woman! Ha!

  23. Anonymous5:47 AM

    Well, I will just vote who I know is best for me. I will make sure my ten friends will too. The debate is just a show and I don't think can change minds. It will be something on the candidates own that they do or say something to think twice about. So vote.

  24. Anonymous6:58 AM

    Yes, and Chris Christie is on his team. I know this 'cause I've seen a photo of him in uniform. Batboy ?

  25. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Will the candidates be checked before they go on stage for RF devices that would allow someone off stage to feed them information? That seems to me the only way Trump could come off sounding like anything but the asshole he is.

  26. Anonymous10:44 PM

    After spending so much time trying to lower expectations for Trump, she has undermined his campaign but setting the bar high for him and low for Clinton.

    Not a good idea since he is actually a LOUSY debater. He did fine in a big field. He just hung back and let everyone else fight it out. But the smaller the field got, the worse a debater he appeared.

    The fact he is basically refusing to prepare is going to bite him in the ass. He thinks he can just name call, lie and filibuster his way to victory. He can "Excuse me Excuse me" interrupt her and then talk over her without consequences.

    I hope the moderators are doing debate prep for how they are going to handle such a whiney little bitch.

    Well, I think we know now.

    No, Donald couldn't control himself for 90 min.

    No, he couldn't tell the truth.

    No, he couldn't top interrupting Hillary.

    No, he couldn't speak beyond his regular talking points and attacks.

    And NO, he couldn't be presidential at all.

    I will give him credit for this: he never said we would build a wall. No mention of the wall. And I'll bet that really hurt.


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