By Robert Wenzel
Well, the first debate is over and my rating of it was: boring. Both candidates were careful not to say anything that was not completely discussed in advance.
This comes naturally for Hillary Clinton, not so much for Donald Trump.
That said, Trump held his own during the first debate. I thought it was very shrewd that he addressed Clinton at the start as "Secretary Clinton." It showed some "respect" for her "achievements" and indicated that he wasn't going to be condescending toward her---a brilliant move. Probably the most important of the debate.
And he clearly had some key points that he wanted to drill down on, e.g. Hillary has been in politics for 30 years and has never solved any of the problems she says she will as president.
Where he was weakest was on counterpunches.
While he wasn't unprepared, it was clear that he did not have ready made answers for Hillary's punches. This wouldn't have been the case if he would have prepared for the debate by going through mock debates, which he didn't.
Hillary on the other hand, detail person that she is, had countered with jabs every time Trump threw a punch at her. Her extensive preparation, including mock debates, paid off there. She mostly knew what was coming and had a response
But things will be different in debate 2 on October 9.
In many ways, this first debate was Trump's mock debate. He for the first time experienced Hillary's punches and with his advisors will prepare counterpunches for deabte 2. There are a number of counterpunches he didn't throw in debate 1 against Hillary that he most assuredly will in debate 2. They could be deadly.
Hillary, on the other hand, in this first debate has shown Trump the entire range of her plodding game. This will be a serious advantage for Trump in debate 2.
I am expecting a Trump knockout in game 2.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.