Posts Tagged ‘Commander-in-Chief Forum’

Many pundits are giving Donald Trump extra points by grading him “on the curve.”  Assuming  grades are based on the same rubric or standard. let’s review when and when not a curve should be implemented.  If you give a test and the highest grade is 70, your test was either too hard or did not properly address the material.  One option is simply to throw out that test and the scores. Another is to curve the scores by boosting the top score near to 100.  All the lower scores get boosted equally. In a case like this you might just add 30 points to every score.

When there is just one single score that is near the top, that score rules the curve. The person who achieves that top score is the one who “wrecks the curve.”  Now, you may add points to everyone’s score, but you cannot add much.  You cannot add more than that top score would require to be perfect.

The fact that Hillary Clinton comes into a forum or debate better experienced and better prepared than Donald Trump does not imply the necessity to implement a curve.  If Hillary hits an A-,  let’s say a 95,  that grade does not translate to “curving” Trump’s grade much higher than what he achieved.  He gets graded according to the same rubric/standard where A is the top.  You can curve the grades and  boost Hillary’s grade to 100. If Trump made 70 he can be boosted to 75.  It is still a C. It does not mean that for showing up and making remarks he gets an A- because we are “grading him on a curve,” and he is so less experienced and prepared than she.  We are grading both on a rubric.  We are using a standard.

Now, if we are talking about differentiating grading (i.e. the standard) because one participant is advantaged over another, that is another matter entirely.  But do we want to differentiate evaluations for the potential leader of the free world?  There is a lot that is unfair going on here.  Donald Trump is not the one being treated unfairly.  He has been provided a wide berth and a lot of cushion.

So before the debates start, gathering lessons from this badly managed forum, let’s not get all wobbly on how we “grade on the curve.”  We use it as needed when the entire test has somehow failed.  We do not use it when one participant has excelled.  We do not use it when one person has wrecked the curve.  One person.  Like this one.



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Hillary was the first candidate to appear at the MSNBC/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum tonight.  Matt Lauer began with a question about what Hillary saw as the most important characteristic for Commander-in-Chief.  Hillary replied: steadiness.

Our next Commander-in-Chief needs to have the steadiness, strength, and judgment to make life and death decisions.

Then Lauer launched into the emails. Hillary re-explained for the nth time the classification markings. Then came the Iraq war vote.  Hillary explained that succinctly and went on to speak about her record on her broader work on legislation for the military. Said she views force as a last resort.

Hillary has spent decades fighting for veterans, members of the military, and their families.

Re: Iran nuclear deal “if Iran cheats.”  Hillary pulled that deal back into context and provided a rationale for putting together the coalition and imposing the sanctions.

“I will not let the VA be privatized.” —Hillary

We need to do everything we can to remove barriers to the health care our veterans need—whether physical or mental.

Unlike her opponent, Hillary’s plan to defeat ISIS is not a secret.

It should be noted that Hillary popped up out of her seat, stood, and walked while addressing questions several times.  Trump remained enthroned throughout.  So much for the question of who has stamina and who does not.

Trump came on and spoke at length about Hillary and President Obama when he was told not to.  He also informed all and sundry that Iraq has oil!  He said people do not know that.  Really?  Most kids entering 5th grade this week know that as they also knew before his “big reveal” in Detroit that Abe Lincoln was a Republican.  What is wrong with him? He seems uneducated even at a basic level. That or he thinks we are.  So supercilious.  So arrogant.  So infuriating!

Trump was allowed to bash Hillary and President Obama throughout and even compared President Obama unfavorably to Vladimir Putin and accepted Putin’s compliment about him.  That was disgusting!

Lauer was exceptionally contentious with Hillary and repeatedly interrupted her especially when she referred to Trump.  He was very lenient with Trump’s attacks on Hillary.  He made no effort to control that and allowed Trump to misquote her.  Hillary never said the plan to privatize the VA was Trump’s plan.  She said there is a plan, not that it was his plan, but is supported by him. We all know Trump doesn’t have any plans!  And why was he allowed to hear everything Hillary said???? What???

In the post-forum analysis, very smart people do not know what Trump means by “take the oil.”  What do you mean “What does he mean?????”  ISIS knows what he means!

And there is this!

Trump cites resignation of Mexican official as proof his Mexico visit was successful

Donald Trump pointed to the resignation earlier Wednesday of a high-ranking Mexican official as proof that his trip to Mexico last week was a success.“If you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today, the people who arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government,” Trump said in a commander-in-chief forum hosted by NBC News in New York. “That’s how well we did, and that’s how well we’re going to do have to do.”

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My final two cents: Matt Lauer was a terrible choice for moderator, and he performed pretty much as we knew he would.  I would have been happier with Lester Holt or Joy Reid.  OK three cents: I blame the Republican Party for Donald Trump. Not that Cruz or Rubio would have been better, but there were sane traditionalists there, Jeb, Kasich, Lindsey. You gave us this guy to contend with and even you all don’t want him!

Here is an annotated transcript from WaPo.

The first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump showdown of 2016, annotated

By Aaron Blake, Amber Phillips and Callum Borchers September 7

Hillary’s campaign would like you to see this:

Is Donald Trump ready to be our next Commander-in-Chief?

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un will be rooting for him tonight.

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