Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein failed to make the cut for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday afternoon, in a significant blow for their campaigns.
Though Johnson and Stein satisfied two of the criteria necessary to participate – that they be constitutionally eligible and have achieved ballot access in a sufficient number of states to win a theoretical Electoral College majority – neither met the threshold on polling.
This is a very good thing for Hillary as it allows her to focus all of her attention on her one true opponent, and bad news for Trump who has never debated one on one and likes to use others on the stage for distraction.
And let's face in this election Stein and Johnson are really nothing more than a dangerous distraction which can undermine the seriousness of this contest.
This first debate is incredibly important, and could really define this race in many ways.
My prediction is that Trump will do badly, but that the bar will be set so low for him that if he does not vomit on himself or fall off the stage some media outlets will suggest that he held his own.
On the other hand Hillary will have to answer each question, and follow up question, in complete sentences while standing on one foot and juggling chainsaws just to meet expectations.
The positive thing for her is that she can probably do that.