Worst damnfool mistake I ever made was letting myself be elected Vice President of the United States. Should have stuck with my old chores as Speaker of the House. I gave up the second most important job in the Government for one that didn’t amount to a hill of beans. I spent eight long years as Mr. Roosevelt’s spare tire. I might still be Speaker if I didn’t let them elect me Vice-President.
John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner
Open thread on the Vice (Yawn!) Presidential debate. This debate features one candidate with truly Catholic moral beliefs, and he is the apostate from Catholicism to Evangelicalism, Mike Pence! Tim Kaine of course had the misfortune as a young man of having his religious beliefs influenced by Jesuits. Just imagine what might have been if he encountered a Catholic religious order! Potential vice presidents debating always remind me of two bald men fighting over a comb. However if Clinton wins Kaine might well have to assume the Presidency once Clinton’s health deteriorates to the point where she can no longer function, unless Bill Clinton pulls an Edith Wilson. Trump seems hale and hearty, but he is seventy and the chance of Pence assuming the Presidency of a President in his seventies is not inconsequential.
At 8:41 PM Central Time Pence is winning going away. Calm, reasoned and oh so effective at staying on message. Kaine acts as if he drank a dozen cups of coffee. Too wired and not effective. I wish Pence was on the top of the ticket. He may serve to reassure voters that he will provide adult supervision in a Trump administration.
At 9:13 PM Pence is still dominating the debate. Pence tonight is gravitas incarnate.
Frank Luntz sums up the reaction of Democrats to Tim Kaine’s performance with this picture:
Note how “Catholic” Tim Kaine at the close of the debate attempted to gain votes on the backs of aborted babies. Truly disgusting.