Instead of composing a post on the VP debate last night, I’m sharing my raw notes, which I’ve cleaned up for clarity:
WTF with stage? They want everyone catching COVID? Chairs too close, Plexiglas too small. Unprotected moderator within spewing distance.
Pence is a bot. Defends Trump no matter what or how nonsensical. When asked to answer for Trump’s atrocities, deflects & projects.
Pence runs FAR over time to spout lies on COVID questions.
Harris finally warms up, but pulls a punch not asking Pence, “If your management of virus has been so great, why did Trump catch it?”
Pence to Harris on vaccine: “Stop playing politics with people’s lives.” Hypocrite!
Pence, asked about VP’s role, answers with more COVID BS, then veers into swine flu. Claims Obama left Trump a “depleted stockpile” (of what?).
Pence: “The American people have a right to know about the health and well-being of the president” & Trump’s doctors will “continue their transparency.” Translation: more lies coming.
Harris answers question about president’s health with Trump’s taxes. Not good.
Pence recites Fox fan fiction about Trump’s integrity.
On economic recovery, Pence recites a list of lies about Biden’s plans. When Harris alludes to Pence lying, he interrupts to debate that & persists until she finally shuts him down.
Pence: “President Trump and I have a plan to improve health care.” Response should be: Why has nobody ever seen it?
Instead of answering questions, both too intent on getting in rehearsed facts and digs, even if totally off-topic.
Pence claims under Trump we have the cleanest air and water ever. Gets no push-back.
Pence fixated on fracking and fossil fuels. Claims Biden will abolish both.
Harris says Trump took words “science” and “climate change” off the website. Fact. Pence just shakes his head.
Pence: “The climate is changing, we’ll follow the science,” then veers off into taxes. And again with the fucking fracking! Keeps harping on Green New Deal & invokes AOC. Dog whistle to the base.
Harris does a good job of speaking directly to voters.
Pence: “Biden has been a cheerleader for China over the past several decades.” Also says to Harris several times, like he’s so clever, “You’re entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts.”
Pence defends Trump’s USMCA (was NAFTA), but question was about China.
Pence blames China for COVID & repeats China travel ban AGAIN as Trump’s shining moment.
Harris: Obama-Biden had an office on pandemics & sent people to China, but Trump abolished all of it. Pence gives sad head shake, his go-to response to all facts.
Finally, Harris mentions Russia. Trump “embracing dictators” and “unilateral approach to foreign policy and isolationism.” Trump “doesn’t understand what it means to be honest.”
Can hear Pence’s every breath. COVID maybe?
Pence not interrupting as much as Trump, but he runs past his time a LOT & Mod lets him.
Harris says Trump called troops’ brain injuries “headaches.” Pence’s head tilts left with vaguely pained poker face. He’s feeling his ass getting handed to him.
Pence responds to “absurd slanders” against Trump with whopper: “President Trump not only respects, but reveres, all of those who serve in our armed forces, and any other suggestion is ridiculous.”
Mod reminds Pence his campaign agreed to debate rules, and that he’s taking more time than Harris.
Pence dodges every new question by babbling more on previous question. Will not, cannot, stay on topic because he’s got nothing.
Pence’s eyes are really red. He’s about to test positive.
Harris’ “happy warrior” demeanor amazing. She should have bitch-slapped that lying bastard senseless by now.
Pence brings up “separation of powers” on SCOTUS. Desperately insists Harris answer whether Dems will “pack the court,” as if the fucking Republicans haven’t already done that by STEALING two seats.
When they show Pence at just the right angle, he has bat ears.
Black speck on Pence’s hair? Was it there before? [Back up DVR] No. A fly!
Pence denies Trump refused to condemn white supremacists in first debate.
After several minutes, fly leaves. Bored? Can’t Pence feel it?
Pence invokes Trump’s Jewish grandkids as proof Trump condemns white supremacists. WTF?
Disappointed with Harris. She didn’t always answer questions & could have squashed Pence much more with direct, factual put-downs.
Pence devolved into Trump, lying, babbling, talking overtime, interrupting, trying to dominate.
Pence’s closing statement: “I believe in all my heart that President Donald Trump is going to be elected for 4 more years.” He knows they’re losing. More lies about Obama spying on Trump. Poor Trump, “No obstruction, no collusion, case closed.” They “tried” to impeach Trump “over a phone call.” Mail-in voter fraud. Accuses Biden of trying to “change the rules” of elections (projection). Assorted bat-shit nonsense.
Post-debate: Mother joins Pence on stage sans mask. They can share a ventilator.
BONUS: It didn’t seem possible, but Randy Rainbow has upped his game, teaming up with Patti LuPone on this amazing number from Gypsy that makes me giddy at the prospect…
DOUBLE BONUS: When Trump sprang himself from the hospital, The Lincoln Project turned his “Il Douchebag” balcony scene into “Covita”!…