So, the question wasn’t asked. Just as well—I didn’t expect Biden to follow my recommendation.
I don’t think the debate changed many votes, which is fine: Trump needed a knockout, and he didn’t get it. But I did think that Trump had a slight edge because he effectively exploited his great advantage—a willingness to lie constantly. (Unless the audience is very well-informed, a debater with no integrity or scruples has a natural advantage over an opponent who has some.) CNN’s fact-checker compared Trump’s steady stream of lies to the relentless flow of chocolates on the transmission belt tended by the hapless Lucy in a memorable “I Love Lucy” episode. To my great frustration, it took Biden an hour and half before he finally called Trump a liar. (Until then, Biden would sometimes reply “false” or “not true” to Trump’s lies, but not often enough and not forcefully enough.) But, if CNN’s instant poll is anywhere near accurate, Trump’s aggressive mendacity wasn’t as effective as I had feared. According to the poll, Biden won the debate 53% to 39%. Let’s hope that the election results come close to replicating those percentages.