Wednesday, October 5, 2016

VP debate

Unlike most commentators, the VP candidates impressed me with their similarity to their running mate rather than their contrast to their running mate. Like Clinton, Kaine came across as too much substance with too little style. Like Trump, Pence came across as too much style with too little substance. I don't think either of them won the debate or advanced their party's ticket, not to a significant detriment of the opposing party. For a polarized electorate, Kaine didn't make Hillary seem any more likable, and Pence didn't make Trump seem any more sensible. Kaine should have been more laid back, and Pence should have been more prepared with facts. That probably would not have made any positive difference in respect to the election (any more than the election is likely to make any positive difference in respect to the deplorable state of American or global society), but the debate might have been more enjoyable and informative.

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