WND: Because of his stellar debate performance, some think Mike Pence was positioning himself for a presidential run in 2020. But if likability still matters, it’s likelier that Tim Kaine was taking himself out of the 2020 running.
From the very beginning, it was as though Kaine was auditioning for the role of a despicable shyster in some cheesy TV legal drama. And with her frequent interruptions of Pence at key moments, it’s also as if debate moderator Elaine Quijano was trying to help him get the part.
Kaine focused mainly on three things: smarmily interrupting and taunting Pence, mouthing tired Democratic Party talking points and slamming Donald Trump. What is it with Democrat vice presidential candidates such as Kaine and Joe Biden that compels them to act like jerks in these debates?
It makes you wonder whether their focus groups have convinced Democrats that aggressive rudeness, delivered with an inappropriate smile, trumps likability and common decency. Or is it that their debate training and handlers inform them that mocking and interrupting are such effective tactics that they’re worth whatever fallout they bring?
Am I overthinking this? Could it be that Kaine’s insolence is in his makeup and was not a strategy to knock Pence off his game? I ask because even liberal commentators seemed surprised by Kaine’s deportment. One wondered aloud whether he’d been wrong in assuming Kaine is a nice guy.