It was the most anticipated debate in the history of U.S. presidential elections, but it left almost nothing to posterity. It was not comparable at all to the Kennedy-Nixon or Reagan-Carter duels. No memorable phrases were said. At most, it will be remembered because a new audience record was set. However, the old Donald will be unforgettable: He sniffles, he has a bad complexion, he is sweating, he cannot stop drinking water and he behaves more incongruously than he normally does. Did he snort cocaine? Of course, right now, it is clear that the event will have some kind of impact and who knows what consequences.
So, it must observed, analyzed and weighed down to the smallest details. Yet it can hardly be considered a decisive turning point in the race to the White House. If we simplify it to pure sporting terms, you may agree with the prevailing opinion that the outcome is to be considered a success for Hillary. That does not necessarily mean a defeat for Trump, let alone a defeat critical enough to impact the November ballot.
Hillary won the first of three televised debates, almost everyone says so. And it was widely expected. But what does it mean? What consequences will this victory have on the remainder of the presidential race? Will it draw consensus among voters, especially that large group of still undecided ones? Will she convince the most reluctant Democratic voters? Soon, the polls will tell us something about it. But above all: Will the outcome of the duel affect the behaviors of the two candidates in the coming weeks, and in the next two debates? If yes, how? In particular, does Trump feel he was defeated? If yes, will he reshape his strategy? How?