"That was a shitshow," CNN's Dana Bash told viewers last night after Joe Biden and Donald Trump finished the first 2020 presidential debate. Her unusual on-camera candor was topped by co-host Jake Tapper, who summed it up thusly: "That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck. That was the worst debate I have ever seen."
Congrats, 2020—you've gone and outdone yourself again!
Debate commentary on social media—and among Reason staffers—largely agreed. "A chaotic, horrendous debate," Robby Soave called the affair, which was broadcast from Cleveland, Ohio. "Mostly unwatchable,"writes Eric Boehm. I could only tune in to the end of the debate, which gave the collective WTF-ing afterward an air of initial mystery. What had I missed? What did you—if you're lucky—miss?
But for all the consternation, it doesn't seem anything particularly out of the ordinary took place between Trump and Biden—just the run-of-the-mill sniping and lies we've come to loathe and expect. My Reason colleagues can give you more detail...