Roughly Speaking: Punching up cocktails with brandy; making soup; gifting books

Peter Sellers

Clinton's personality, Trump's policy expertise open to debate

Clinton's personality, Trump's policy expertise open to debate

Tonight we will see Hillary Clinton battle Donald Trump in their first presidential debate.

It's difficult to capture the otherworldliness of it all. Most of the commentary centers around Mr. Trump -- and for good reason. He's the X factor. Some see him as a brilliant, media-savvy disruptor, shaking the foundation of the political establishment. Others see him as a Rodney Dangerfield-esque character (with a touch of Peter Sellers' Chauncey Gardner) who managed to bluff his way onto the national stage, demanding respect. And that barely scratches the surface. Between friends and foes the descriptions get more ridiculous by the hour. He's Cincinnatus, he's Hitler, he's Reagan,...

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