VP Debate Post-Mortem: Initial Impressions

Did you watch the VP Debate? What was your take? Please let me know in the comments below.

Bottom line: a home run for Gov. Mike Pence, a clinic on how to handle questions from the media

VP Debate

Sen. Tim Kaine came off as petulant, shrill, and a spouter of slogans and predictable talking points. With his constant interruptions, never stopped by the moderator, he came off like an annoying little kid demanding attention at the dinner table while Dad was talking. At one point, as Gov. Mike Pence laid out the case for his ticket, point by point, calmly and with ready facts,  I thought he was going to say “Wait a second, I thought all I was going to have to do was repeat “working families,” “fair share,” and “stronger together.”

As an intellectually stunted democrat hack, Sen. Kaine had to rely on fudging the truth on a number of issues, misleading the audience about Donald Trump’s positions on a number of issues.

For example, Sen. Kaine kept repeating his inaccurate and wrong-headed statement that Donald Trump challenged whether Barack Obama is a “citizen,” specifically, accused Trump of pursuing “the discredited and really outrageous lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States,” when of course, the issue Trump raised–and let me take this opportunity to repeat again that I know I am one of only about 6 people who cared about this issue to the degree I did then, and frankly still do-was Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president pursuant to Article II of the Constitution. I don’t think he tried to relate it to the Dred Scott decision, thank God.

In addition, when Gov. Pence mentioned Hillary’s outlaw email servers, Sen. Kaine said that Mrs. Clinton had been cleared by “a Republican F.B.I. director.” Uh no. FBI Director Comey said she dealt with classified information in an “extremely careless” way, and detailed her many lies about it. When Gov. Pence said “If your son or my son handled classified information the way Hillary Clinton did, they’d be court-martialed,” Sen. Kaine said that they would not, which I think is at war with reality.

Sen. Kaine tried to defend Hillary’s plan to throw open the gates to unvetted Syrian “refugees” from jihadist hotbeds by claiming they would be vetted, even though, as Gov. Pence pointed out, that same FBI Director Comey, that Sen. Kaine had previously cited favorably, has said we cannot vet people from these chaotic, war-torn countries. He also praised Hillary’s participation in the Iran deal, claiming it stopped Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Even ABC News said that Sen. Kaine’s claim was false.

The most stunning, and desperate leap into bizarre speculation by Sen. Kaine was when he returned to the New York Times’ recent effort to use illegal activity to smear Donald Trump for his legal use of the tax code to do what nearly every single American does; that is, reduce his taxes as much as possible. The 3 pages of Donald Trump’s 1995 state tax returns, prove NOTHING about whether he has paid federal taxes. What if the loss he carried over was wiped out the following year? That’s why the article couched its accusations with “could have,” and “may have,” leading me to say on last Sunday’s show that Bill Clinton could have, or may have, the bodies of missing young women in the stabbin’ cabin that is above his library in Little Rock. I don’t know. I’ve been there, and I’ve never seen the inside. I have no evidence. But there COULD BE, right?

OK, with that background, when Sen. Kaine raised the issue again of Donald Trump’s tax returns, he said said that part of that 18 years for which Trump hadn’t paid taxes–remember that’s complete unsubstantiated speculation because we don’t know how long he was able to carry any part of that loss forward–was when 9/11 occurred and that when Hillary was going to bat for New York City, Donald Trump was “fighting a different battle,” trying to reduce his taxes.

Donald Trump never said “All Mexicans are bad,” as Sen. Kaine said.

Lots of talk about Russia and Vladimir Putin. Careful, Hillary. Remember that Uranium One thing?

The moderator, CBS’ Elaine Quijano, tilted toward Sen. Kaine, allowing him to interrupt a lot more often, and doing the CNN on Pence. The CNN, named that because it is frequently practiced by Wolf Blitzer, Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper, occurs when the “journalist” corrects a Republican and presents the Democrat talking point response to whatever he or she just said.

More to come.

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