For those wondering how Trump will recover from this first debate: He won’t.
Trump is incapable of perceiving himself in any critical light. He has no concept of how foolish, even repellant he was; as it is discussed in the ensuing days, he will blame ‘fake news’ — for reporting on exactly how he behaved.
For the embarrassed legions of one-shot Trump voters, all of their doubts about Trump were confirmed in his behavior tonight. This will leave Trump with the 25% bone racists, plus whatever Putin and the Internet Research Agency can do.
Trump tonight (Sept. 30) committed political hara-kiri with a knife so sharp, he doesn’t realize it yet. That knife is a growing, aroused and horrified electorate.