It was a record-breaker. The Nielsen rankings say 84 million Individuals watched Monday’s presidential debate, and most stayed glued to their units. There was no vital drop-off in viewership because the night progressed.

Maybe these viewers hoped to be impressed by what they heard. What they obtained, nonetheless, was a political automobile crash, with tires screeching, bumpers crumpling and glass breaking.

Donald Trump introduced himself because the candidate who can deliver change to America. He derided the present financial system and the state of the nation, decried precarious world safety and depicted Hillary Clinton as a 30-year Washington politician. However these moments had been too few. For a lot of the night he was on his heels.

Mrs. Clinton deftly and relentlessly attacked him as unqualified and unfit for workplace. She criticized his enterprise practices and refusal to launch his tax returns. She pointed to his a number of bankruptcies and failure to pay contractors. She dredged up outdated quotes about international warming, recounted a 1973 discrimination lawsuit in opposition to his firm, and recalled his misogynistic feedback—even stating certainly one of his targets, a former Miss Universe, within the viewers.