9:14 PM: It's almost like Clinton's got a very practiced way of engineering a Trump explosion.
9:12 PM: I can't believe any of this is happening.
9:11 PM: I've always wondered what that sudden inhale is.
9:10: PM: "Locker Room Talk" ...
9:07 PM: Note that Clinton here is passing on a chance at a pretty obvious attack.
9:06 PM: I guess we're past handshakes.
9:02 PM: Wow, Wolf Blitzer just asked whether so many family members in the hall will prevent both candidates from going into the gutter. Really, Wolf?
8:58 PM: Oh hey, did I mention I have a book about Trump and Trumpism coming out?
8:51 PM: Random debate trivia. Tonight's debate is being held on the campus of Washington University. That's actually where I spent a decent amount of my youngest years. From birth to 6 years old. My dad was a graduate student at Wash U and my mom worked there. They'd both been undergraduate students there - though from very different backgrounds and at different times. We lived in nearby U City. About half the pictures of me from when I was a little kid are running around the Wash U campus.
8:45 PM: I'm not predicting it. But I think there's a decent chance Trump doesn't mention Bill's history at all. It's hard to believe after all the build up. But he choked with the President of Mexico. He choked with the Pastor in Flint. He choked in debate number one with Hillary. He seldom goes there when his opponent is there in front of him. I figure he will. But don't be totally surprised if he doesn't.
8:42 PM: Astute and inspired debate blogging will appear here shortly.