VP Pence Calmly Dismantles Kamala Harris

 

Vice President Mike Pence dominated Sen. Kamala Harris in the first and only veep debate Wednesday night. And he did so quietly, calmly, and methodically.

As expected, this was more subdued than the first presidential debate. USA Today’s Susan Page moderated the University of Utah event in Salt Lake City. Nearly all of Page’s questions came from the left but she didn’t rush to make herself the story, a la Chris Wallace.

The Vice President remained zenlike for 90 minutes straight, complimenting Harris while politely sliding in a shiv. He congratulated Harris for her “historic nomination” then asked why she voted for the Green New Deal. He highlighted her prosecutorial record but was curious why she indicted so many more blacks than whites.

A masterful performance, from start to finish.

Harris repeatedly attempted a “you go, girl” moment — like when she portrayed then-opponent Biden as a racist for rejecting busing — but consistently failed. Feigning high dudgeon doesn’t work when your adversary is so gosh-darned polite.

The California senator opened by calling the White House’s Coronavirus response “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.” Her answers didn’t get better from there.

Pence praised the anti-pandemic effort, noting how Joe Biden ridiculed Trump’s closing of travel from China. Pence said the rest of Biden’s plan was plagiarized from Trump.

Harris insisted that she wouldn’t take a Trump-endorsed COVID vaccine. “If Donald Trump tells us we should take it, I’m not taking it,” she said.

“The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think, is unconscionable,” Pence replied. “Stop playing politics with people’s lives.”

Other questions addressed economic recovery, climate change, the Supreme Court, and foreign relations.

Harris claimed Trump had “betrayed our friends and embraced dictators around the world.” Pence blasted the Iran Deal, then noted that “when Joe Biden was vice president, he had an opportunity to save Kayla Mueller,” he said. “It breaks my heart to reflect on it.”

Pence’s guests included the parents of Kayla Mueller, who was murdered by ISIS in February 2015.

As for meaningless moments on which the press loves to fixate, a fly landed on Pence’s head for about a minute. Blue-check journos on Twitter couldn’t stop talking about it.

Perhaps they’ll try to sell the fly as Pence’s “binders full of women” moment. They certainly can’t point to anything Harris did.

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  1. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Constant Sorrow Member
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    You know, when the question from the 8th Grade girl from Utah came up, I thought, “nah, there was no 8th Grade girl. This is fake.”

    And then they said her name was “Brecklyn.” And then I knew it was real. That’s a Utah name for sure.

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  2. EHerring Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    Did anyone keep track of all of Kamala Harris’s lies last night?

    The Abe Lincoln lie was a big one. But clearly something her team developed well in advance, and she waited for her moment to throw it down.

    Did the fact-checkers call her on it? I know they were busy trying to make her lies into truth, and Pence’s truths into lies.

    CNN’s “fact-check” here is an amazing bit of semantic garbage:

    Imagehttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjzgW4dWoAETH_c?format=jpg&name=medium

    Trump allowed Americans to return home. He even addressed this. 

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  3. Django Member
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    Eridemus (View Comment):

    Everyone agree Kamala is not presidential material? Because in the upcoming term of office, that could happen and I hope the American people can get past “against Trump” enough to consider it….the fly on the wings of chance.

    I heard a “political analyst” this morning claiming Kamala had “without a doubt shown that she has the gravitas to be President”. The other fool in the conversation said his wife just rolled her eyes during the debate and said about Pence’s comments, “This is what women have to put up with.” 

    How many of these people are there? 

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  4. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Constant Sorrow Member
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    Django (View Comment):

    I heard a “political analyst” this morning claiming Kamala had “without a doubt shown that she has the gravitas to be President”. The other fool in the conversation said his wife just rolled her eyes during the debate and said about Pence’s comments, “This is what women have to put up with.” 

    How many of these people are there? 

    Hopefully not enough to matter.

    Kamala reminds too many people of their worst bosses ever.

    Or is that just me?

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  5. EHerring Coolidge
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    James Gawron (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):
    I think I’m just tired of seeing so many of the media’s lies return as “accepted truth.”

    Drew,

    Let’s see how well our own guys do on this. How many more articles on NR to prove that they don’t like Trump’s character either must I endure. How about we see some of our big professional (well paid) people dissect the Harris lies. They should consider this job one. Wasting another 3,000 words on Trump’s tweets shouldn’t be one of their jobs at all.

    Regards,

    Jim

    I am one of the magazine’s biggest defenders but several of their writers are really annoying me right now. I won’t name names. It doesn’t bode well for a magazine when Democrats form the bulk of the followers on several writers’ tweets. The print magazine is still quality stuff. 

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  6. RufusRJones Member
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    With all the wargaming that Bill Gates and others did before the pandemic on how to handle one if it happened, the world was still woefully unprepared and Trump worked with what he had. 

    Every state was supposed to store all of the PPE they were supposed to need. None of them did. This was all decided in about 2006.

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  7. Charlotte Member
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    Django (View Comment):

    Eridemus (View Comment):

    Everyone agree Kamala is not presidential material? Because in the upcoming term of office, that could happen and I hope the American people can get past “against Trump” enough to consider it….the fly on the wings of chance.

    I heard a “political analyst” this morning claiming Kamala had “without a doubt shown that she has the gravitas to be President”. The other fool in the conversation said his wife just rolled her eyes during the debate and said about Pence’s comments, “This is what women have to put up with.”

    How many of these people are there?

    I think it’s more widespread than you’d expect. There are so many young-ish (say, aged 25-40) American women who have convinced themselves that men are oppressing them. Mr. Charlotte and I (mid-40s) happen to know, between us, several dozen highly-educated women in this age cohort. To a one, they all feel this way.

    It’s mystifying.

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  8. Stina Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):
    And the media “fact-checkers” aren’t interested in fact-checking Kamala. After all, she’s just repeating their lies.

    They fact check – you just have to be skilled at interpretation.

    If a Republican was misleading, their statement was True. If a Democrat is Mostly True, their statement was a bald-faced lie.

    The details are in the synopsis (that no one reads). Everyone checks the meter graphic, but no one actually reads the analysis. The analysis is usually accurate with good information.

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  9. philo Member
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    Today’s big winner:

     

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  10. thelonious Member
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    Django (View Comment):

    Eridemus (View Comment):

    Everyone agree Kamala is not presidential material? Because in the upcoming term of office, that could happen and I hope the American people can get past “against Trump” enough to consider it….the fly on the wings of chance.

    I heard a “political analyst” this morning claiming Kamala had “without a doubt shown that she has the gravitas to be President”. The other fool in the conversation said his wife just rolled her eyes during the debate and said about Pence’s comments, “This is what women have to put up with.”

    How many of these people are there?

    Too many.

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  11. Goddess of Discord Member
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    I agree that Pence bested her, but I was constantly irritated that he droned on and on and on after his time was up, while the moderator kept saying “thank you Mr. Vice President.” He didn’t try to speed up his response, nor did he add anything valuable after his time expired. He was like a wind-up toy on automatic pilot.

    I loved that part. Someone on the Fans of the Best of the Web Today timed how long each candidate spoke before saying time. Of the comments I saw, Pence was just shy of the 2 minute mark and Harris was 15-20 seconds after the 2 minute mark before the moderator interjected.

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  12. ElizabethVaughn Inactive
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Here’s the first bug for Biden meme Ive found:

    Here’s another good one!

     

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  13. James Gawron Inactive
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    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    How about we see some of our big professional (well paid) people dissect the Harris lies.

    Depends on who they get their big money from, doesn’t it?

    Drew,

    Well somebody must have heard our discussion.

    Washington Post fact-check’s Harris’ ‘little history lesson’ about Lincoln: ‘Wasn’t exactly true’

    “The overarching effect of the delay is that it held Lincoln’s broad but shaky coalition of conservative and radical Republicans together,” the Post explained. “Congress was in recess until early December, so there would have been no point in naming a man before the election anyway. Lincoln shrewdly used that to his advantage. If he had lost the election, there is no evidence he wouldn’t have filled the spot in the lame-duck session.”

    The Post concluded, “So Harris is mistaken about Lincoln’s motivations in this regard.”

    … National Review senior writer Dan McLaughin went even further, accusing Harris of “dishonesty” with her Lincoln anecdote.

    “Lincoln, of course, said no such thing,” McLaughlin refuted the Democrat Wednesday night. “He sent no nominee to the Senate in October 1864 because the Senate was out of session until December.”

    He added, “Kamala Harris is simply inventing history.”

    They managed to do their jobs. Hallelujah.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  14. Western Chauvinist Member
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    James Gawron (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    How about we see some of our big professional (well paid) people dissect the Harris lies.

    Depends on who they get their big money from, doesn’t it?

    Drew,

    Well somebody must have heard our discussion.

    Washington Post fact-check’s Harris’ ‘little history lesson’ about Lincoln: ‘Wasn’t exactly true’

    “The overarching effect of the delay is that it held Lincoln’s broad but shaky coalition of conservative and radical Republicans together,” the Post explained. “Congress was in recess until early December, so there would have been no point in naming a man before the election anyway. Lincoln shrewdly used that to his advantage. If he had lost the election, there is no evidence he wouldn’t have filled the spot in the lame-duck session.”

    The Post concluded, “So Harris is mistaken about Lincoln’s motivations in this regard.”

    … National Review senior writer Dan McLaughin went even further, accusing Harris of “dishonesty” with her Lincoln anecdote.

    “Lincoln, of course, said no such thing,” McLaughlin refuted the Democrat Wednesday night. “He sent no nominee to the Senate in October 1864 because the Senate was out of session until December.”

    He added, “Kamala Harris is simply inventing history.”

    They managed to do their jobs. Hallelujah.

    Regards,

    Jim

    It’s a miracle!

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