A little clarity from the presidential debate: Hillary Clinton urged the U.S. Senate to do its job by confirming Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Several editorial boards slammed Donald Trump for his debate performance. The L.A. Daily News decided against going with the insiders with its endorsement in a San Fernando Valley Assembly race. We offer our endorsement in the Sacramento County supervisor’s race. And then there was the Al Smith Dinner.
Take a joke
The presidential debates mercifully are over. But there is the matter of the Al Smith Dinner, a New York fundraiser for good causes. By tradition, the two presidential candidates show up, make fun of themselves and aim a few barbs at their opponents, all in good fun.
Donald Trump forgot to be funny and and was booed when he cited anti-Catholic emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign published by Wikileaks.
Clinton, never particularly funny, did open by poking fun at herself, saying she was taking a break from her rigorous nap schedule to attend and wasn’t going to charge. And then she dug at Trump’s sexism, saying he looks at Statue of Liberty and rates Lady Liberty as a “4.” Trump was not amused. – Foon Rhee tweeted throughout, @foonrhee.
Take a number: 71.5 million
The estimated TV audience was 71.5 million for the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. That’s smaller than the record 84 million for the first Clinton-Trump debate, but far more than for the final presidential debates in 2008 and 2012, CNN reports.
It was up against the Cubs-Dodgers playoff game. We are clear on who we want to win the presidential race. But we’re torn in this postseason: Would we rather the Dodgers win the playoff and lose to the Indians, or prefer that the Cubs get it over by beating L.A.?
Editorial: One of the more far-reaching issues of the 2016 presidential campaign came into focus for a brief, illuminating moment at the start of the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It had to do with the current administration’s unfinished business.
Endorsement: Mike Kozlowski would be an energetic and effective advocate on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, would be more representative of the 4th District’s values, and would deploy reason and pragmatism to get the county’s work done.
Stacey Lawson: Don’t listen to mortgage industry on rooftop solar financing.
Christina Marie Martinez: Her difficult journey could have been eased by knowing Title IX rights for pregnant, parenting students.
San Francisco Chronicle: What starts in Berkeley sometimes spreads. Here’s an interesting version of public campaign financing.
L.A. Daily News: Voters chose a new voice in 2014 for a reason. They should give Patty Lopez more time to fulfill the promise of that decision.
L.A. Times: Can state government succeed with a second party that’s withering into irrelevance? That’s a question that the remaining Republicans in the Golden State ought to be asking themselves after Nov. 8.
Miami Herald: At final debate, Donald Trump shocks by saying he may not accept election results.
Charlotte Observer: Donald Trump trashes our democracy.
Kansas City Star: Republican senators’ obstruction of justice continues as they refuse to confirm Merrick Garland. Nearly a third of senators are up for re-election, including Kansas’ Sen. Jerry Moran and Missouri’s Sen. Roy Blunt, both Republicans. Voters should keep in mind which ones did their jobs and which ones refused.
Chicago Tribune: Donald Trump claims elections are rigged. Illinois can teach us about election rigging in all its inglorious forms.
Charlie Cook, National Journal: Republican leaders are faced with a party in which about half of its members believe that compromise is a four-letter word and hold some pretty exotic views of what this country is and where it is headed – views that are very different from where the country actually is and where it is going.
Charles Krauthammer: My vote, explained.
Eugene Robinson: Trump’s disqualifying defiance of democracy.
Debra J. Saunders: At last, the final presidential debate.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Donald Trump confirms everyone’s worst fears.
Michael Gerson: Donald Trump reveals fragility at heart of American democracy.
Dana Milbank: In the third debate, Donald Trump erupts.
Richard Parker: Donald Trump laying groundwork for what’s next after losing.
Dahleen Glanton: Donald Trump is playing an irresponsible game.
Jonathan Bernstein: It’s a shame Hillary Clinton wasn’t tested in debates.
Patricia Murphy: Chris Wallace, for the win.
Alyssa Rosenberg: If Hillary Clinton is ‘such a nasty woman,’ she’s also a liberated one.
Gail Collins: Debate night yet again.
There is nothing racist about checking an ID, which we all are required to do in many facets of life.” – Paul Reid, Folsom
Tweet of the day
“Former Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault was paid $21,000 in September by Trump for ‘strategy consulting.’ ” – Shane Goldmacher @ShaneGoldmacher