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I have to agree with you on this.  Trump is a professional TV entertainer who knows how to entertain. Facts don't matter.  Policies are for wonks. Details are for the little people.  If Hilary tries to play him at his own game she will lose, and humiliatingly so.  If she tries to "be herself" and talk policy earnestly and seriously, she will be perceived by the media/public to have lost the "debate", regardless of the fact that she will have won every argument.  

But that I don't think will matter, because most people realise a President needs to have other qualities than a TV entertainer.  Manners matter as well, and Trump hasn't got any. The moderator and rules of engagement will be key, and if I were a Hillary advisor I would refuse to attend the "debates" unless they rules were framed to my liking - e.g. no interrupting when the other speaker has the floor.

Insist beforehand that the moderator must end the debate if Trump repeatedly breaks the rules - as he will.  Trump thrives because he can break any rules he likes with impunity. Now he will lose his platform if he breaks the rules and he simply won't know how to handle that. She can do without the debates proceeding.  He can't.

My advice to Hillary would be to simply to ignore the presence of Trump in the room, other than a polite acknowledgement every now an again. Speak slowly and distinctly directly to the American people.  Answer every question asked on the merits getting in as many of her own talking points as possible. Ignore Trump's personalised counter attacks as you would an unruly teenager.  Quietly correct any factual errors he makes, but acknowledge why (some) people might feel that way. Demonstrate you know where people are coming from and address their concerns without being patronising or talking down to them. Honour people by paying due respect to their feelings but also by respecting their intelligence. People like to think their opinions matter. Make sure you quote them every time.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 06:55:13 AM EST
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I hope the DNC follows your advice! But, if the DNC and Hillary's campaign hold firm on the format Trump will accuse her of refusing to debate - oh, twenty times a day. I just hope that his poll numbers quickly drop into the low 40 with a downward trajectory. That is really the only way to silence him. He doesn't deal well with rejection. I would laugh my ass off if he dropped out AFTER winning the nomination - once his numbers drop below 40% and all Republicans are in a panic.

Turmp simply denies the reality of any criticism of his person or performance. I have noted before that denial is the strongest of all psychic defenses - until it fails. The problem is that, when it fails, it fails catastrophically. I would prefer that he not be the president when that happens. We are much more likely to elect a crazy president than to be able to survive that presidency.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 09:33:38 AM EST
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