Donald Trump Turns into the Gobbledy Gooker During the First Presidential Debate Against Hillary Clinton
Last night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met
in their first presidential debate of 2016. I predicted that Trump, the madman
carnival barker professional wrestling villain would defeat Clinton. I was wrong. Moreover, I am very
happy and pleased to have been incorrect in my prediction. Hillary Clinton
destroyed Donald Trump.
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
For the uninitiated, theGobbledy 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.