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Morning Mirror: The Presidential Debate Edition

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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“Trump’s problem is he’s a one-trick pony and in a 90 minute debate the trick runs very thin. …Trump was a gentleman’s D minus.”

— GOP consultant Mike Murphy on MSNBC Monday night after the debate.



The sympathizer

“I, too, have the sniffles.” — The Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi, rating to Trump’s sniffles.

Ex-presidential hopeful and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean suggests Trump uses blow 

“Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?” — Howard Dean.

Debate advice…

“Lester, you are going to need a gong.” — The Daily Beast‘s Jackie Kucinich.

David Frum: Stop smiling Hillary!

“Who told Hillary Clinton to keep smiling like she’s at her granddaughter’s birthday party?” — conservative writer David Frum.

Trump misses his own afterparty

“Trump skipping the after-party that was advertised as him attending, at moment when TV coverage of his performance is far from favorable.” — NYT‘s Maggie Haberman.


Joe Perticone works for IJR; Nick Corasaniti handles messaging for the NYT. 


WaPo‘s Wesley Lowery: Lester Holt Was Not A Strong Moderator 

“I typically argue for strong moderators, but I genuinely haven’t minded Lester Holt allowing candidates latitude to determine clash points.” — Washington Post racial protestor Wesley Lowery.

Like New York mag’s Andrew Sullivan, this journo takes debate Xanax 

“Xanax time.” — TPM‘s Katherine Krueger at 12:52 a.m.

In other Wesley Lowery news…BuzzFeed‘s cat loving Andrew Kaczynski is his hero

“Factcheck: @BuzzFeedAndrew is not the MSM (but his reporting on Trump’s Iraq flip flop has been great).” — WL.

Journo Hate Mail: Wesley Lowery creates a cologne for himself 


NYT reporter helps Trump with future debate prep

“Unmentioned by Trump tonight: FBI director Comey’s harsh criticism of Hillary’s email usage. What better validator than the FBI head?” — NYT‘s Jonathan Martin.

MTV correspondent has pre-debate dread

“I am dreading this debate. It will confirm just how terrible this whole fucking campaign has been. She can’t win. He can’t lose.” — Ana Marie Cox.

Um…except Cox may have to walk that back

“If Trump leaves a $100 on HRC’s podium tonight it’s bc he’s used to having to pay women to whip him like this.” — Ana Marie Cox.

A quick pre-debate question: “Do we think Donald Trump will again refer to his penis in a debate tonight? I put chances at 6 percent.” — Conor Friedersdorf, staff writer at The Atlantic.

Comedian and Trump foe Rosie O’Donnell gets a mention! 

“This was the first-ever general election presidential debate Rosie O’Donnell was mentioned in.” — IJR‘s Hunter Schwarz.

And Rosie reacts…

“HE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT.” — Rosie O’Donnell, comedian and ex-host of ABC’s The View.

The Media Peanut Gallery 

“Hillary Clinton won. That’s my take anyway. Trump needed something big, and instead he acted like himself.” — HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim.

“The CNN panel is unanimous Trump was awful tonight. That makes me expect a Trump bump in the polls.” — Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney.

“What did I just watch?” — Karen Attiah, The Washington Post.

“Well, not gonna lie, I can’t imagine any fair person not thinking Clinton did great while Trump was immature and defensive. #Debates” — Sally Kohn, liberal CNN commentator.

“A bunch of men on CNN interrupting each other while debating whether Trump’s interrupting of Clinton was a problem is an amazing farce.” — Courtney Nguyen, senior writer, WTA Insider.

James Carville offers his post debate analysis 

“The whole time that the camera was on him, he came across as rude and petulant. …I think everyone agrees that Trump was just awful.” — Democratic strategist and ardent Hillary Clinton supporter James Carville.

Trump’s sniffing irritates viewers 

“Trump’s snot is getting annoying now. Coke does this. #debatenight” — Bob Cesca, Salon, The Daily Banter, HuffPost. 


“If I stay on the road until Election Day, I will be 400 pounds. #debatenight #debates2016
#cbn2016” — blogger David Brody, who writes The Brody File.

Reporter wonders about Trump’s understanding of ‘temperament’ 

“Does trump know the definition of temperament?” — Washington Examiner‘s Kelly Cohen.

NYT reporter endorses Hillary’s request for fact checking 

“Hillary: ‘I hope the fact checkers are turning up the volume’ DONE AND DONE AND DONE” — Neil Irwin, senior economic correspondent, NYT.

Washington Free Beacon video editor irritated by Hillary’s debate performance  

“God, every time Clinton has an attack line, it’s so telegraphed and so awful.” — David Rutz.

NYT columnist wants to apologize to Netflix 

I enjoyed “House of Cards” but felt that its politicians were too bizarre to be plausible. I watch Trump and think: “Netflix, I apologize.” — Nicholas Kristof, NYT columnist.

The Lefty Observer

“Anyone who would say Trump won this debate – We just had an entire segment on whether Donald Trump is a racist.” — Hari Savugan, former DNC national press secretary.

An unbiased viewpoint…

“‘Just listen to what you heard.’ ‘Crazy.’ HRC isn’t hiding her mockery/distate for GOP nominee.” — WaPo‘s Robert Costa.

Washington Post blogger says Trump is all heart  

“This debate crystallizes the basic dynamic of the election: Clinton: Intellectual/head; Trump: Emotional/heart.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Filmmaker Michael Moore unleashes attack on Trump’s balls 

“Wow. The racist candidate brings up her saying ‘superpredator.” That took some very white balls. #debatenight” — liberal Michael Moore.

The situation inside the debate media filing center isn’t pretty 

“Media filing center/spin rooms at presidential debates have grown monstrous.” — NYT‘s John Harwood.

Covering the debate or Aleppo? 

“World would be marginally better if there were more reporters covering Aleppo and fewer reporters at Hofstra.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

Wifi stinks in debate filing center 

“Hofstra University’s wifi for thousands of journalists has been down for last 45 mins at #debates. A Hofstra hot mess.” — Philip  Rucker, national political correspondent, WaPo.

Politicos refuse to let their kids watch the debate

“The kids are all tucked in. Headed to sleep. Oblivious to the 90 minutes of discouragement our nation will soon endure.” — Rory Cooper, managing director, Purple Strategies.

“It saddens me to be putting my kids to bed early tonight because of the likelihood the debate won’t be family friendly. Bet I’m not alone.” — Justin Wolfers, college prof and NYT columnist.

Reporter’s dog allegedly hides his remote control 

Matt Laslo is a Capitol Hill freelancer. 


BuzzFeed shows off its fact checker pooch 


Debate Night Food In Newsrooms in D.C. and New York 

Byron Tau is a reporter for WSJ.