Tim Kaine, You Muffed It!

October 5, 2016

By Adele

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.


Can Mike Pence Salvage Trump in VP Debate?

October 4, 2016

By Adele

As Donald Trump’s campaign for president continues to spiral downward with almost daily revelations that add to his reputation as a dishonest, defrauding, hate-filled, exploitive, and greedy waste of human flesh, his running mate Mike Pence has his work cut out as Mini-Me.

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Pence debates Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia’s former governor and current Senator Tim Kaine, at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. This gives Kaine the home-court advantage of a Virginia audience, denying Pence the tactic Trump has been using here of lying to our faces that Kaine has been a mess and is a widely hated disaster.

I have nothing particularly against Pence, except that he shares Trump’s backward thinking on most issues and must have screws loose to play Trump’s wingman. It’s made him the second biggest joke in American politics.

No, wait. I forgot Sarah Palin. Let’s make Pence the third biggest joke.

Going into the debate, Pence has got precious little to work with in his task of making Trump’s misogyny, bigotry, ignorance, lack of financial transparency, and flat-out craziness look like assets. As Trump’s No. 2, Pence has to promise he’ll carry on likewise should Trump become incapacitated.

Kaine’s simply got to show chivalry toward his running mate, repeat her apology for using her own email server, and wipe away the tar and feathers Trump has heaped on her for so many things totally beyond her control.

Neither man has suffered a serious meltdown on the campaign trail, so the debate will probably lack drama — no sniffling, interrupting, empty boasting, groundless accusations, or complaints about faulty mics.

Can Kaine make reality triumph over fantasy? At some point, I expect Kaine to say to Pence, “Mike, you and Mr. Trump are entitled to your opinions, but you’re not entitled to your own set of facts.”

Pence hasn’t shown great enthusiasm or imagination in defending the indefensible because he must realize he doesn’t have truth, logic, or even common decency on his side. I predict Tim Kaine will win this one on substance and drive another small nail into Trump’s coffin.

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