Following are references to and excerpts from what went down in last night’s Veep debate and what is to come, or not, in the 2nd presidential debate.
Kamala Keeps It Cool as Mediocre White Guy Mansplains. I know what I felt as I watched the vice president hog the mic. And I can’t imagine millions of women didn’t feel the same thing says Kali Holloway in the Daily Beast.
Mike Pence’s Debate Performance Bugged Me Out. He’s numb to pests large and small. (Thanks to Editor at Large Sherry for the tip.)
We need to talk about that fly.
It was a fly, wasn’t it? If not, it was a bug doing an ace interpretation of a fly, and about two-thirds of the way through the debate in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night, it took up residence in Vice President Mike Pence’s hair, a smudge of black against a shock of white, where it lingered for a few minutes before undoubtedly realizing that there was warmer, more demonstrably human real estate to be had.
Off it flew, and on Pence droned. He never exhibited any awareness — not the subtlest glance upward, not the slightest flinch or twitch — that his head had been colonized. I first found this strange and then realized it was everything. Pence’s years of obsequiousness to Donald Trump had beaten all sensitivity and capacity for revulsion out of him.
Fortunately for Joe Biden and Democrats in general, Senator Kamala Harris is plenty steely herself, while also exhibiting a discernible pulse. I think she had a very good night. She was too scripted, yes, and painfully evasive when it came to a question about whether Biden would or should pack the Supreme Court.
But she pushed back forcefully whenever Pence tried to paint her and Biden as radical leftists. She kept returning to the subject of Covid–19. She repeatedly reminded Americans of the Trump administration’s sustained effort to abolish Obamacare, at one point staring directly into the camera to explain what that means.
“If you have a pre-existing condition — heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer — they’re coming for you,” she said. “If you love someone who has a pre-existing condition, they’re coming for you. If you are under the age of 26 on your parents’ coverage, they’re coming for you.”
Pence followed his orders when they were ludicrous, stuck to the script when it was laughable and never betrayed an iota of discomfort, because he never really betrays anything — except the supposed principles he once had.
CPD Moves Second Trump vs. Biden Debate to Virtual After President’s COVID Infection reports Jamie Ross at the Daily Beast.
Trump Pulls Out of Second Debate With Biden. Ironically, his refusal comes after he and and his allies have spent weeks implying that it would be Biden—not Trump—who would wither at the thought of another debate. (Jamie Ross Daily Beast Reporter & Jackie Kucinich Washington Bureau Chief.)