In keeping with how politics is professional wrestling, Trump's first debate--and his obvious lack of preparation and political knowledge--reminded me of the epic fail known as the Gobbledy Gooker.
For the uninitiated, the Gobbledy Gooker, was a character and storyline dreamed up by the (then) World Wrestling Federation in 1990. Over the course of several weeks, a large amount of anticipation was generated in response to a mysterious egg that would hatch at that year's Survivor Series pay-per-view event. Children waited with anticipation. Adult fans were confused but intrigued. The egg would hatch and a man dressed as a turkey would emerge. It was a horrific moment that highlighted everything wrong with the WWF's product at the time. The Gobbledy Gooker remains a source of self-loathing humor among serious fans of professional wrestling to this day.
In this bizarre election season I am very suspicious of initial takes which suggest that Trump has somehow been defanged. Who knows how the polling numbers will play out over the next few days and weeks? But for now, and once and again, Trump has been exposed as the Emperor without clothes. But will it have any great impact on what is already a presidential race that against all odds and commonsense is entirely too close for comfort? I worry that it will not.