Rope a Dope
During the latter stages of his boxing career, Muhammad Ali would lie on the ropes and let the other guy punch himself out. Â Tim Kaine acted and sounded like the dope as he fell victim to the rope-a-dope strategy. Â Pence, calm and collected, just got stronger as the debate went on and ended on a very high note defending Christianity and the sanctity of life.
No more â€œjournalist as moderatorsâ€, please
You have to wonder how many times the RNC is going to fall into the â€œjournalist as moderatorâ€ trap. Â Since the 2012 election with Candy Crowley, supposedly professional â€œjournalists as moderatorsâ€ have been an increasing bias problem for Republicans – and the VP debate was no exception. Â I expect the next Presidential debate will be more of the same if not worse since there will be two moderators.
Too much in too little time
There were some 9 different topic areas spread over 90 minutes. Â This means that each topic area, no matter how important the question or substantive the answer, only got 10 minutes. Â With the time for the question plus interruptions, there was about 3 to 4 minutes worth of answers. Â Often, just as the debate was getting interesting and informative, the moderator would stop the proceedings and claim it was time to move on.
Gaggle of Geese galore
I found myself disliking Tim Kaine. Â His incessant interruptions and smug demeanor reminded me of a honking goose who seemed to be addressing something of concern to the flock but made no sense at all. Â Â If Tim Kaine was supposed to be an attack dog, he was ineffective because of canned statements and unabashed lies. Â To anyone who was listening, he was the epitome of the elite talking down to the little people.
Mike Pence won the overall argument. Â However, he allowed Kaine too many opportunities to define the supposed distinction between Clinton and Trump. Â Pence eventually figured out how to handle both Kaine and the moderator. Â I give Pence an overall B+ and Kaine a C-. Â The moderator got an F for interference and bias. Â Â