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The real winners of the 2nd presidential debate: Ken Bone and the Fly

There can only be two winners.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Oct 10, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 8:18 pm CDT

Two titans walked into the second presidential debate, and both emerged victorious. The internet agreed that a housefly and voter Kenneth Bone each gave a flawless performance.

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The fly that kept landing on Hillary Clinton was strong early in the debate, distracting viewers while further proving her seemingly endless patience with agents of pestilence and decay.

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But the late-breaking surprise was Ken Bone, an undecided voter who stole America’s hearts with his smart mustache, gentle aura, suggestive last name, and concern about fossil fuel jobs.

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And while all commentators agreed that the fly and Ken Bone delivered big at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday night, before an audience of millions, many said Bone had the ultimate edge, not least because he brought a disposable camera.

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Still, the election could go either way.

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*First Published: Oct 10, 2016, 12:40 am CDT