First Presidential Debate Live Blog



10:40 PM It’s over.  Mercifully.  I’m headed to bed. Trump doesn’t want a debate, he just wants to filibuster and boast about his shitty lies.

10:36 PM Trump is already declaring the election fraudulent.

10:31 PM On Voting, Biden: “Vote vote vote”.  Trump: “It’s a fraud.”

10:29 PM I’m exhausted.  That’s the update.

10:21 PM

10:16 PM Trump bringing up Ukraine again and again, which got him impeached, is a bit short sighted.  Of course Biden lets it slide.  My god.

10:11 PM Just saying but we could have had taco trucks on every corner instead of this.

10:03 PM Biden to Trump: “You wouldn’t know a suburb if you took a wrong turn.”

10:00 PM An hour into this. Trump won’t stop interrupting and Joe is leaving a lot on the table. Trump asks Biden if he’s in favor of law and order.  Might have been a good time for Joe to bring up the names of everybody in Trump’s administration who is now in jail or charged.

9:55 PM Chris Wallace appeals to Trump to stfu for 2 minutes.  Trump lasts 30 seconds before he has to interject.

9:52 PM This debate is such a mess.

9:50 PM Chris Wallace is just going to let Trump steamroll through again and again.

9:44 PM I’m fairly underwhelmed with Biden hitting back. Trump is giving him a lot of openings to hit on (Nobody got sick from a Trump rally?  SHOUT OUT HERMAN CAIN)

9:35 PM I’m not sure how effective it is for Biden to provide Trump a laugh track. I dunno.

9:23 PM

9:22 PM Chris Wallace to Biden: “the question goes to you, 2 minutes, uninterrupted.”  Biden: “Good luck.:

9:18 PM It’s going to be a long night.  Switching to whiskey.

9:17 PM Trump got 15 minutes in before using a racial slur.

9:14 PM Trump thinks he is debating Chris Wallace now.

9:12 PM Trump is the personification of a stuck CAPS LOCK KEY.

9:06 PM I see Trump with the extra Oompa face dye tonight.

9:00 PM And we’re starting. The audience is spaced out but still look pretty close for my comfort.

8:53 PM Does Trump snort Adderall in powder form or just stick the entire capsule up his nose?

8:32 PM Why is Rick Santorum still getting paid tv gigs?

8:11 PM My debate watching partner has passed out from anxiety:

7:57 PM CNN has dug up 14 undecided voters who are either lying to get onto CNN’s focus group or.  No, that’s the only feasible reason at this point.

7:41 PM Biden has released his tax returns a few hours ago. He actually paid taxes on his income and probably doesn’t even have a golden toilet.  Sucker.

7:37 PM The Trump campaign just did an email blast declaring that Trump won the debate, a good 1.5 hours before the debate actually has begun.

7:30 PM Oh, it starts at 9. I’m so not ready for this.

7:25 PM Ok, I’m watching it on ABC News (I think. I suck at finding any specific channel nowadays) but if you can only watch from the web, here’s the YouTube Embed. I’ll be posting updates on here so you may need to refresh every so often. I have some leftover Shakshuka, a big box of wine (because I’m classy) and a pissed off cat. I’m ready for this.


Debate Night and Chocolate Chip Cookies the Size of Rhode Island: What I Learned Today – Tuesday, September 29

Debate night. Yes, I’ll be watching. I mean, if I were driving past a derailed flaming train, I would look and then complain about everybody gawking at it creating a traffic jam so I’m in. Trump is a terrible debater but is a walking unpredictable dumpster fire. Remember when he countered the Access Hollywood “grab them by the pussy” tape by bringing out Bill Clinton’s accusers to the debate?  His complete lack of shame and decorum is actually his strength. It shouldn’t be of course. Anybody else would have been laughed off the political platform long ago. I don’t know why it works for him. But it does. And it’s unfortunately effective. The only truthful thing he has ever really said was that he could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and not lose any supporters. So I’ll be watching what most likely may be the demise of my beloved home country as Trump finds a way to take the discourse to a new record low.

His hysterics have already begun:

Reporter Julia Ioffe had all the symptoms of Covid-19 but kept receiving negative test results. Her doctors didn’t believe the results. Her story is quite the ride and illustrates how little we still know about this disease. It also highlights how dangerous covid is if you are not one of the lucky asymptomatic carriers. She is in her thirties with no pre-existing conditions and was sick for 5 weeks with partially collapsed lungs.

Trump pressured the C.D.C. on school openings. Naturally.

Anti-maskers are the biggest snowflakes:

You know she makes a really, really good point.

I’m not even going to bother to read the story for this (Nobel Peace Prize nominations are just kinda ridiculous), I just love that Trump is going to have a conniption about this:

A valve failed bigly and out came 50,000 liters of a Spanish rojo.

2020 just won’t let up!

John Oliver on The Supreme Court:

Nerdwriter’s latest video: How James Gandolfini Navigates Emotion

How to make thick “Levain style” chocolate chip cookies from Serious Eats. I first tried these at Levain bakery in NYC and fell madly in love.  From the picture, they look almost muffin like, but they really do have a cookie consistency. I’m a sucker for a good chocolate chip cookie and have made this recipe a few times in the past.  Not too often because they are the size of a throw pillow. But in times of dire stress, these are an amazing comfort food. Trust me:

After you form the dough they are the size of a tennis ball. I usually bake one or two after I make them (ok, three) and throw the rest in the freezer to take out during times of desperate chocolately need. Perhaps for a presidential debate?