If Big Media tell you a Democrat had a bad night, believe them.
It rarely happens.
I watched some of the vice presidential debate in the early hours of the morning (UK time). Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence sounded good, looked good and was in command of facts. He presented himself as sensible and steady.
Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine had poor optics and presented fewer good arguments. He was a mix of emotion and Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
I was pleasantly surprised to wake up this morning to find that the crème de la crème of left-wing Big Media agreed with little old Deplorable me.
The Guardian featured pundits and their verdicts in ‘”It wasn’t a pretty night for Tim Kaine”: reaction to the vice-presidential debate’. Of course, they are on Hillary’s side, but even they couldn’t help but notice Kaine failed.
Richard Woolffe, author and contributor to the paper’s US site said:
It wasn’t a pretty night for the Democratic veep pick. He interrupted too often and smiled too little. He was forced to repeat Trump’s worst insults. He looked and sounded too hot, where his rival looked and sounded too sincere.
Kate Aronoff, who writes for In These Times, criticised the Democratic Party:
This was a disappointing night for the Clinton campaign. While Pence kept his cool, Kaine tried to imitate Joe Biden’s interruption-heavy performance against Paul Ryan in 2012 – without half his charisma. Kaine’s biggest downfall, though, may not have been about tone …
More than the “intelligence surge” Kaine and Clinton keep pushing, the Democratic party needs a surge in imagination, to do more than play defense against attacks from across the aisle and propose transformative solutions, in line with the pain many Americans today are facing. That was sorely missing tonight.
Carla Sorey-Reed of Reed & Associates and Women Uninterrupted wrote:
At the start, when asked what made him a good candidate for the vice-presidency, Kaine faltered. Looking down, he rushed a heavily scripted first answer, told through the filter of Clinton’s point of view, that took too long and strained to connect back to the question. Kaine directed his entire answer off camera, which greatly reduced his engagement with the television audience.
Jamie Weinstein of The Daily Caller told us:
Kaine attempted to act like a bulldog Tuesday night but instead came across as a nipping chihuahua …
Whatever the accuracy of Kaine’s attacks on Trump – and make no mistake, they were often accurate – Kaine’s style was excessive. By throwing out so many issues in one breath, he made his rhetorical assault hard for viewers to follow. He also made it easy for Pence to ignore him with a shake of the head – a nonverbal “there you go again” …
By contrast, Pence was calm and cool. He methodically hammered home the Trump campaign’s positive themes – let’s get America’s economy moving again, let’s put American workers first, let’s bring back American jobs, let’s project strength in the world, America needs change …
Pence won the debate by a landslide, and it’s hard to imagine there will be many in the media who will even attempt to claim otherwise …
Weinstein thought Trump might be jealous of Pence’s polished performance, but no:
Another Guardian article, ‘The vice-presidential debate: what we learned’, gives the main highlights (emphases in the original):
The first and only vice-presidential debate of 2016 is in the can.
• It was punchy, not a bit flat, it moved fast, covered a lot of policy ground, and featured Virginia senator Tim Kaine going after Donald Trump’s jugular like a bloodthirsty terrier while Indiana governor Mike Pence projected, mostly, a demeanor of steely calm and determined focus …
- Each side accused the other of running a campaign of insults. An “avalanche of insults,” Pence called it.
- At which Kaine rattled off about 16 insulting things Trump had said and accused Trump of having “kind of a personal mount Rushmore” of dictators he likes.
- “Oh please,” Pence replied. “Did you work on that one a long time? Because it had a lot of creative lines.”
- “See if you can defend any of them,” Kaine retorted, pointing out that he was merely repeating verbatim things Trump had said …
• Two different world views were on display. Pence: “You’ve got to err on the side of the safety of the American people.” Kaine: “By trashing all Syrians? By trashing all Muslims?”
Kaine employed the usual tactic of interrupting and talking over his opponent. Nearly every left-wing candidate does this, not only in the US but also in the UK and in France (as well as other countries). Sadly, it is a new norm.
The debate took place at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. CBS’s Elaine Quijano moderated.
She is a news presenter and panel moderator on CBSN:
This was her first time as debate moderator. She did a great job. The Hollywood Reporter has more:
After the two vice presidential candidates continued to interrupt each other in their answers, Quijano broke in: “Gentlemen, the people cannot understand either one of you when you speak over each other. I would please ask you to wait until the other is finished.”
Twitter users went online to applaud her for her stern rebuke …
The Conservative Treehouse had a good analysis of the debate — and the vice-presidential role itself. Excerpts follow:
The first test of a presidency is who they select for a Vice Presidential running mate. The single most important characteristic in that role is “stability“.
The Vice-Presidential nominee cannot be that creepy/sketchy guy at the end of the bar who hits on your 20-year-old daughter…. or worse. Unfortunately, Senator Tim Kaine broke the cardinal rule: his behavior made the debate uncomfortable, weird and awkward.
… The Clinton team had a perfectly scripted plan of attack. The canned narrative was to wedge Pence in a corner and sell the VP-candidate as not defending Donald Trump.
Remember, they simply repeat the road map they learned from Alinsky: “Isolate, Ridicule, Marginalize”. To wit Kaine had one objective, focus on the “isolation” objective.
However, Governor Pence artfully defended Trump; and not only defended the positions of the campaign, but factually embraced the campaign message as his own. In essence, Pence provided no daylight for the Alinsky wedge. Pence’s approach made the isolation angle impossible …
Kaine’s desperation grew more visible, and as a direct consequence his creepy meter quotient increased exponentially. A massive stability failure.
Governor Mike Pence presented his positions and himself as abundantly loyal, thoughtful gracious, wise and exceptionally stable. Mike Pence is the guy you want as your neighbor. Perfect. The perfect characteristics needed in a Veep candidate.
I hope a lot of voters watched this. It is rather unusual for a vice presidential debate to have so much riding on it, but, then again, 2016 is no ordinary election year.
In closing, Eric Trump (one of Ivana’s three children) did an excellent job answering Clinton News Network questions. They even complimented him! But how many times does he have to repeat his answer about tax returns?? Three or four.
Anyway, here are five minutes of brilliance from a political neophyte. You can’t stump a Trump: