Trump Joins Reagan, Bentsen with Zinger

The history of Presidential debates is one of a long line of snoozefests with random memorable – and sometimes election changing – flashpoints. 

During the 1980 battle, challenger Ronald Reagan hit a home-run with this quip:

Early on in the campaign, media talking heads and political pundits of the time thought Carter would run away with the vote en route to a second term.  Reagan, who fought many Establishment-types within his own party as well as Carter (sound familiar?), saw the pitch coming and nailed it.

In four words, the Gipper showed Americans his strength, as well as affording them a peak into his personality.  Some say this moment, along with the Iranian hostage crisis, ultimately won him the election.

Not all memorable lines result in an electoral victory, yet are still burned in the pages of historical pop culture.  In a televised Vice Presidential debate between George Bush Sr.’s running mate Dan Quayle and challenger Lloyd Bentsen (yawn….), Bentsen unexpectedly and effectively crushed Quayle with this zinger….

Not only did this stand out as the high-point of the debate, it began a narrative of Quayle as an aloof idiot which dogged him throughout his time as VP.

Right now the buzz rages on about the full and complete smack-down Donald Trump delivered on Hillary Clinton in the second debate.  Given in a debate setting much different than the previous two examples, the vitriol between the candidates had already been long established before they went head-to-head.

And in what could be the next historically memorable moment, Trump absolutely killed it:

Trump, still dealing with the fallout of the latest lame attempt to destroy him – a decade-old recording of him saying ‘pussy’ – took off the gloves and, when the opportunity presented itself, went nuclear.  And it was a direct hit.

In one quip, the Donald dared to ‘go there’, much to the delight (and relief) of voters who have grown tired of the leftist MSM running interference and covering for their political masters.

While the outcome of the election is still up for grabs, Trump’s line will be added to this list of best debate verbal grenades. 

In 20 years no one will remember the pussy remark, but they could very well remember “…because you’d be in jail.”

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