What made Tim Kaine go all Trumpy? Within the first five minutes of the VP debate, he had my tail in a fluff and I began counting his interruptions. The Daily Mail heard 70. I got 75 for Kaine and 39 for Pence.
The result: Pence came off as calm and mature, Kaine a two-legged pit bull.
Pence started out badly by thanking “Norwood” University instead of Longwood. And soon after, when he was asked about Trump’s temperament, he dodged with some crap about Hillary as secretary of state, and then threw in a line about Hillary and Kaine’s “avalanche of insults.”
I think he repeated that phrase again, and if it’s a new linguistic jab of Trump’s, let me recommend the ONLY appropriate response to it…
“Just listen to yourself,” accompanied by the indulgent smile you’d give a child’s imaginary friend.
On immigration, Pence kept calling immigrants “criminal aliens” to warm the hearts of Muslims and Mexicans.
Pence even insulted Trump’s BFF, calling Vladimir Putin the “small and bullying leader of Russia.”
And every time Kaine cited direct, outrageous statements from Trump, all recorded on video, Pence shook his head and denied they were said.
At that point, Kaine should have sat back, shut up, and let Pence dig his own fact-free grave. Instead, he kept giving Pence opportunities to spin more baseless fantasies.
Pence’s “support” for Trump consisted of denying almost everything Trump has ever said or done. He chose instead to calmly lay out his own plans for a Trump presidency.
And that’s how Pence somehow won this battle. But he probably lost the war because he’ll pay dearly for momentarily pushing Trump out of the spotlight and raising the bar on Trump for his next debate with Hillary October 9.
My favorite Pence nonsense line was in closing when he promised, “Trump’s entire career has been about building. People are going to see real change after DECADES of just talking about it.”
Like nobody remembers George W. Bush was president for EIGHT of the years he’s referring to, destroying entire countries.
Kaine had the facts on his side, and he knew them. His policy message was upbeat. He hoisted Trump by his own petard MANY times. But he blew it with the incessant interrupting.
Trump live-tweeted during the debate, but I ignored that sideshow. Now I see that he called Virginia a “failed state.”
And you can kiss this failed state’s electoral votes buh-bye, Trumpy-poo.
Basically, Pence was deemed the winner because he interrupted only half as much as Kaine, even though he mostly disavowed all that Trump stands for.
Pence had better savor his victory while he can. There’s probably a closet in Trump Tower with his name on it where Mike will be spending the duration of the campaign.