Following a victory for Hillary Clinton in the first Presidential debate (according to mainstream media polls, at least), Mike Pence has successfully redeemed Trump in defeating Tim Kaine last night.
Tim Kaine’s own Wikipedia page describes the man as having a reputation for being boring, but you would’ve thought that reputation was for being as f***ing annoying as humanly possible had you viewed last night’s debate. The high-energy VP candidate interrupted Pence no fewer than seventy times during last night’s debate, which the moderator seemingly couldn’t control. She did find time to cut off Pence when he would interrupt Kaine in return.
While Kaine dominated speaking time, Pence practically won the debate by losing it. While Kaine was able to get more points across, he did so in a way that resulted in him doing something practically impossible: making Hillary Clinton seem more likeable by comparison.
When Trump and Hillary both have historically high unfavorability ratings, many are looking to the VP candidates to pick which side will earn their vote. I wish the average American’s voter’s memory lasted a bit longer, but if they remember last night’s debate, I see many more voting for Trump than they otherwise would’ve.
At least, that’s what the polls about last night’s debate show. As Breitbart reported:
The CNN/ORG instant poll of vice presidential primarily Democrat debate watchers, shows Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana topped Democratic candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (VA). Some 29 percent said they moved toward voting for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the exchange.
Despite the Democrat-heavy audience displayed in the new poll, 48 percent said Pence won the debate over Kaine. Only 42 percent of those debate watchers said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate won.
Two-fifths of those registered voters surveyed said they were Democrats, 30 percent Republican and 29 percent unaffiliated or part of another party.
Almost 30 percent of respondents said they were more likely to vote for Trump after watching the debate, while just 18 percent said they moved toward Clinton. An original image broadcast by CNN of the numbers of debate watchers that moved toward voting for Clinton or Trump after watching the vice presidential candidates were reversed, showing more moving toward Clinton; however, a CNN reporter corrected the numbers after they had been posted to the screen and revealed that the true result. More than half of debate watchers surveyed said “neither” when asked who the debate made them likely to vote for.
Kaine was aggressive in the exchange, and it may have cost him. He jumped from 28 percent “unfavorable” before the debate to 40 percent after. While 16 percent of those asked weren’t sure if they saw Kaine as favorable or unfavorable before the debate, only 4 percent were unsure after.
Well, thanks to Tim Kaine, I suppose.
While I didn’t anticipate the VP debate to have much effect, I now can’t help but wish that there were two more VP debates instead of traditional Presidential debates.
How did Hillary Clinton manage to find the one VP candidate whose actually more unlikable than her? Who knows – but I’m glad she found him.