My nomination: Dennis Miller.
NY Times ran a piece contrasting Donald’s and Hillary’s debate prep:
Predictably, the Times slams Trump for a refusal to wade through policy books or practice mock debates.
Hillary, though, is disciplined, studious and advice-seeking.
She’s consulting with psychologists “preparing ways for her to unnerve Mr. Trump and provoke him to rant and rave.”
They conclude that Trump’s hot buttons are: his intellect, his net worth and his image as a successful businessman.
Easy picking, right?
So, how can Trump possibly win a debate against her?
My take: there are 3 keys for Trump …
(1) Don’t explode … sounds easy, but it’s in his DNA.
My suggestion: get a couple of insult comedians (think, Don Rickles – if he’s still alive) to dish it out in a debate prep session. My not prevent, but will prepare.
(2) STFU … make points then shut-up – even if that leaves time on the clock. It’s the 5th and 6th sentences that usually get Trump in trouble – not the 1st or the 2nd.
(3) Be ready with tested 1-liners … you know, like the Reagan “There you go again” line … or, Christie’s “robot” line that buried Rubio in the GOP debates.
For example …
If his intellect is challenged … a simple “I wasn’t the one who flunked the DC bar exam” would work nicely.
His net worth?
How about: “My buildings weren’t funded by tyrannical dictators”.
You get the point.
Trump will never win a geeky policy debate.
But, he can deliver a classic 1-liner.
And, that’s something that can’t be left to chance.
Hillary will enlist the best liberal comic: Jon Stewart to help her.
But she won’t be able to deliver the line … it’ll sound scripted and be out of character.
Trump can land the punch … but will want to wing it.
My advice: Solicit the best conservative comic in the business – Dennis Miller.
That guy cuts to the core … and is damn funny.