Okay, I just read the transcript of the vice presidential debates.
These two guys ought to be the ones running for President. They sounded far more Presidential than the people we heard last week. There were no knockout punches thrown, though Kaine got in a few good licks on Pence and Trump on taxes, Trump’s income tax forms, and Social Security. Still, what I saw was two experienced prize fighters circling each other in the boxing ring, being careful to not open themselves up to any knockout punch, and in turn not able to land many hard blows on the other.
I’ve often said that Barack Obama is the world’s luckiest politician. John McCain had a good chance in 2008 before selecting Bible Spice for his VP candidate. If McCain had chosen someone like Pence, we’d be talking about McCain’s second term rather than Obama’s second term. But it seems to me that Hillary Clinton has to be the world’s second-luckiest politician. If she was running against someone like Pence, she would have no chance. Luckily for her she got Trump, someone so easy to bait that Hillary basically telegraphed her blow with a huge windup that was ridiculously obvious, and Trump leaned right in to take that massive Alicia Machado misogyny blow right on the chin. Pence wouldn’t have done that. Pence would have seen the setup, and danced around it and turned it back on Hillary. But Pence isn’t the one running for President.
– Badtux the Debatable Penguin
* Note: The fact that I think Pence has good political skills still doesn’t change the fact that his political philosophy is, in my opinion, vile and harmful. It just means that I think he has good political skills.