Despite breaking news of Donald Trump’s inappropriate comments caught on tape 10 years ago, the brash billionaire came out swinging in his second debate with Hillary Clinton. Let’s see where the presidential odds sit at this moment.
Unless you just returned from Venus or decided to leave the Congo and the pygmy tribe you've been living with then you have undoubtedly heard of Donald Trump's misogynistic banter with Billy Bush of television's Access Hollywood circa 2005. Of course, it was catnip for the media but for any man who has spent time in a locker room or barroom, it's pretty standard fare. Trump's sexual appetite was clearly on display and the private conversation with Billy Bush, then of Access Hollywood, was caught on a hot mic and unearthed after a decade of collecting dust.
Naturally, this leak gave Hillary another ICBM in her arsenal aimed straight at the mouth of Donald Trump and it didn't take her long to release it from its silo. Nevertheless, Trump unveiled a previously untapped defense weapon of his own and actually – apologized! It took some of the steam out of Hillary's attack but it undoubtedly did little to assuage the sensibilities of female voters, except those with “Make America Great Again” tattooed on their derrieres.
Trump obviously learned from his previous debate when he spent the entire evening trying to spin his way out of Hillary's onslaughts and only made things worse by doing so. In this second debate, he quickly countered and then went on the offensive. It was not a clear cut Clinton victory despite what the liberal media pundits would have you believe nor was it the knockout for Trump that Fox News has reported via their online surveys that are inherently skewed to any GOP candidate.
The long and short of it was that Trump exceeded expectations and if Hillary won a unanimous decision in the first debate then we can say that Trump won a split decision in this one. It was enough to keep his candidacy viable and convince many GOP stalwarts that he is not completely toxic to their own political viability.
The Presidential Odds
The presidential odds on Hillary Clinton to become our next Commander-in-Chief continue to soar. Though Trump acquitted himself better than expected in the second of three debates, we can see that the oddsmakers are trending to make Hillary more expensive to back as part of your presidential picks. Trump has managed to alienate many of the independents and undecideds with his performance in the opening debate and this was compounded with the most recent Tapegate controversy.
Those Hillary backers that want to make some cash if she celebrates in November should get on over to Intertops which is hanging the lowest line of the major offshore sportsbooks at Clinton --303. If you happen to believe there will be a groundswell of silent majority voters for The Donald then Bookmaker is dealing Trump at a generous +465.