...Run and hide.
Oh, you're going to hear this couched in terms like "not treated fairly" and "the media bias stacked against him," but the truth will still be a clear as the bruising he absorbed; as much from his own bumbling evasions and rambling equivocations, as from what Clinton responded with, or what the moderator, Lester Holt, tried to do to keep him within the bounds of reality.
Rudy Giuliani marked the start of this "strategic retreat" as soon as the debate was over, telling a reporter that he should pull out of future debates if moderators didn't agree to be more deferential, even as Trump himself was trying to blame things on bad microphones. Lame on top of lame and you can bet it won't be improving much as they seek whatever damage control their active imaginations can conjure.
So now you can expect him to not disclose any more of himself, in factual give and take, than he has been willing to do with his finances. It's not likely to put much of a dent in the reality avoidance of the Trump Chump Brigades, but it will hopefully get more of the undecideds right with what he really is.
by BENJY SARLIN and ALEX SEITZ-WALD