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At what point did I start rooting for the moderators? That would be never — on the contrary, they have almost made me root for Trump, a man I hate from the depths of my heart and wish would die in a fire.

The problem is not that they take Trump to task, it’s that they do so while simply standing by when Clinton obfuscates or evades. When Trump said “You would be in jail,” Cooper shushed the crowd, but when they cheered for one of Clinton’s remarks no such reaction was in evidence. The blatant desire to attack Trump (a tempting target, I realize) combined with no desire whatsoever to take Clinton to task makes the “moderation” of these debates laughable.

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