Oct 6, 201601:03 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Mike Pence nice-shames Donald Trump
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For a small jolt of static electricity, open up the newspaper to page one and find that the first words in the story consist of your name. That happened to me in July.
Your Humble Squire was relieved to read that he had not been indicted, abducted, or incapacitated. As a mere alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, he was allowed onto the floor only at such times as his primary delegate permitted, which in my case was to cast an affirmative vote for Mike Pence as our party’s vice presidential nominee. Thus, I can claim credit for Pence without bearing blame for the head of the ticket.
After Gov. Pence’s acceptance speech, Wisconsin State Journal reporter Matt DuFour was in need of a good quote but made do with mine.
“I’m going to vote for Pence,” read the quote attributed to this bloggeur.
After Tuesday’s debate, many would say the same, if only the ticket were reversed to Pence/Trump. Yes, I have Pence envy.
“Mike Pence dominated with his humble, polite demeanor, command of facts, and Midwestern common sense,” Karl Rove writes in today’s Wall Street Journal. “Donald Trump needs to match that performance.”
Um, yeah, except that, as Republican National Committeeman Steve King said in August, after one of my never-Trump apostasies, “The people are going to get what they’re going to get. … It is what it is.”
Trump is what he is and will forever be. It is remarkable that Rove (aka: W’s Brain) and so many others keep hoping for Trump’s elusive pivot — a classic case of hope triumphing over experience.
Trump disciplined? So much in control that he won’t take the bait on a contestant in a beauty pageant 20 years past? Dream on. The irony is that Pence’s gentlemanly performance — in stark contrast to Tim Kaine’s desperate flailing — may have helped Trump this week but, longer term, draws a stark and damning contrast. Instead of fat-shaming a forgotten nonentity, Pence did some nice-shaming on his presidential nominee, however unintentionally.
Green Bay radio talker Jerry Bader at RightWisconsin:
About 20 minutes into Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, I tweeted the following: “The role of Donald Trump tonight will be played by Tim Kaine.” … Kaine looked as ridiculous as Trump did during split screen shots and interrupted constantly as Trump did. [72 times by one count.] That Kaine and Trump were mirror images of the same buffoon seemed lost on many in my audience.
A Tim Kaine mashup posted at the Free Republic website.
Kaine has launched a thousand social media memes; the best comparing him to Jack Nicholson as The Joker in the 1989 film, Batman.
One more reason Pence won the debate: he was likable. Yin to Trump’s yang. (The Hildabeast doing that little shimmy shake when she realized she had hooked and landed Trump was actually kind of endearing. A rare moment of spontaneity.)