Did Donald Trump Play Possum in the First Debate?

The pool shark always plays beneath his ability in the first game or two. 

He looks average, he looks . . . beatable.

Then, when the wager is maxed, he runs the rack. And takes the money.

It’s all about the stakes.

Two weeks ago, the media was forced to admit they got out-hustled by Donald Trump. He called a press conference to give his stance on the birther issue. Instead, he pulled an end around, conning them out of free air time to parade a group of military officers endorsing him.

Naturally, the liberal media went into an apoplectic frenzy (when your entire existence is predicated upon the facade that you are intellectually superior to everyone else, it’s sobering and frightful when a Republican yanks your pants down on national television, spanks you, then eats your lunch and makes you watch.)

After the media got over their butt-hurt, a few pundits, grudgingly, admitted the tactical cleverness of the ploy. But now these same people are calling Trump stupid because he lost the debate.

Apparently, he went from brilliant strategist to moron in just a few days.

Or did he?

Common opinion is that Hillary won this past Monday. As all her monkeys in the media have been trumpeting, she was at her very best that night. And therein lies her problem for the next debate – if she was at her best then the most she can do is offer more of the same.

She fired her big bullets – Trump is a racist, Trump is a misogynist, birther blah, blah, blah, silver spoon yadda, yadda, yadda, and of course her secret weapon/shill– drug cartel pet Alicia Machado.

As for Trump, everyone is wondering – why didn’t he hit her on her weak points: her emails, her server, her lies, her danger to US security, the Clinton foundation, Benghazi, etc., etc.?

The answer? Because if he had, what would he do for an encore?

This is not to say that Trump took a dive, but there is no doubt he pulled his punches. 

The media, Hillary, and her followers would have you believe it’s because he’s stupid, that the same guy who has been savvy enough to play the game to get this far has suddenly forgotten how the game is played.

Is that correct? Or, when Trump met with his advisors (the same team that brought him back from double digit deficits in most polls after the conventions) did they decide it was better to coast in the first debate, and come out for the kill in the second one, effectively taking back momentum and riding it into the election?

If I was a betting man – and I am – I would bet the house that Trump takes round two, easily and definitively. Though even if he does the media will never admit it. They’re too far in the tank for hillary, and anyone even considering opting for journalistic truth over partisanship will be too timid to break rank, afraid of getting Lauer’ed.

Monday night was only the first round.

A good fighter doesn’t lead with his knockout punch.

He jabs, gets your attention, feints, THEN throws the KO punch.

And unless I’m very wrong, come Sunday, October 9, Hillary is going to get KO’d.


S.P. Palermo

Sonny Palermo is an editor, novelist, humorist and marketing director. His writing has appeared at Lucianne’s, David Horowitz’s News Reel Blog, American Thinker, I Hate the Media and the Daily Caller, as well as other popular websites and magazines. His favorite quote is "With Words I Enlist a Dark Army." (Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides) When asked to submit a short bio, he sent us this: I was born. Then a lot of other stuff happened. Currently I'm in Vegas, Sin City, where 50% of my time is spent in the confessional booth trying to explain (and seeking penance for) the other 50%.

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