Mercifully, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met in their final debate. In Florida, newspapers turn against Sen. Marco Rubio in his re-election bid, in part because he cannot quit Trump. The question remains whether Republicans will hold the Senate. Perhaps not, as The New Yorker shows in its state-by-state analysis of Senate races. If Republicans lose the Senate and Clinton wins the presidency, perhaps a lame-duck Senate will confirm Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Finally.
Time to take a shower
In their third and final debate, Donald Trump again carped about a “rigged” election, and, unbelievably, refused to commit to accepting the results on Nov. 8.
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“I will tell you at the time,” he said. When moderator Chris Wallace tried to school him on the tradition of losers accepting the will of the voters, Trump recklessly and irresponsibly remained steadfast: “I’ll keep you in suspense.”
“He is denigrating, he is talking down our democracy,” Hillary Clinton said, calling his position appalling. It was.
Take a number: 56 percent
A Fox News poll reports that 49 percent of respondents think Donald Trump is “not at all qualified” to be president, and another 7 percent believe he’s “not very qualified.” The American Enterprise Institute calls it a “devastating” finding. Yep. Fox News, which evidently is exempt from Trump’s outlandish claims of a media conspiracy to deny him the White House, found 31 percent thought Hillary Clinton was not at all or not very qualified to be president. A mere 42 percent said Trump is somewhat or very qualified to lead the nation. The corresponding number for Clinton: 68 percent.
Editorial: We do now know that given the chance to unify the country, even a little, Donald Trump might not accept the outcome of a democratic election.
Endorsement: For Davis city schools, incumbent Alan Fernandes, challenger Bob Poppenga, and Yes on Measure H.
Taxpayer advocate Katy Grimes and state firefighters association head Lou Paulson face off on Proposition 53, the Nov. 8 ballot measure that would require voter approval of some revenue bond projects.
Joe Mathews: Californians want much more from our neighborhoods.
Catherine Brinkley: An incendiary idea for clean energy and rural job growth – harvest biomass from fire-prone forests.
L.A. Times: Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma offers a suggestion for the perils of pot’s cash economy.
Miami Herald: This newspaper has a long history of supporting U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s electoral campaigns. Donald Trump’s candidacy is a test of character, and Rubio is failing that test. For the U.S. Senate, the Miami Herald recommends Rep. Patrick Murphy.
Orlando Sentinel: This newspaper never missed an opportunity to recommend Marco Rubio to voters. This race is different. The Tampa Bay Times reached the same conclusion, recommending Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate.
Jonah Goldberg, National Review: Right now, and for the foreseeable future, America is being torn asunder by populist passions on the left and right that lead people to distrust nearly every major institution in this country.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Republicans can’t say they weren’t warned about Trump.
Dana Milbank: Trump supporters talk of civil war.
Thomas L. Friedman: WikiHillary for president.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: DuVernay’s documentary ‘13th’ fits the pieces together.
“Sure, it might be fun to get high and relax with a few friends. But will smoking weed really make you a better parent, grandparent? A better husband or wife? A better worker? – Bill Palmer, Rescue.
“Mark my words, when we move forward and support these provisions, not only will it send a powerful message that the NRA is a paper tiger, they are. They’re nothing but an organization of bullies. … We’ll also be showing other states the way, because these guys are vulnerable.” – Gavin Newsom, speaking to the Sacramento Press Club about his ammunition control initiative, Proposition 63.