More post debate thoughts
You know Pence did really well when the mainstream media is trying to spin it as “Pence hurt Trump by doing so well he made Trump look unqualified by comparison.”
However, it’s pretty clear from watching Pence debate that he doesn’t get Trumpism at all. Pence is the type of anti-tax anti-abortion Truecon who would never have a chance running for president against Democrats and whom Republican primary voters rejected in favor of Trumpism.
Besides spending a lot of time talking about taxes and regulation, Pence foolishly brought up the abortion issue and spent a lot of time talking about it when the question wasn’t even about abortion, and Kaine never mentioned it. The vast majority of undecided white voters are not moved by this issue, and bringing it up unnecessarily will lose more votes than it wins. The true believers are already voting for Trump because of whom Hillary would appoint to the Supreme Court. Doesn’t Pence realize that? I also noticed the same thing at the convention. Trump and his core inner circle (his children, Giuliani, Newt and Christie) knew they were supposed to not talk about abortion in their speeches, but Pence didn’t get that message.
Pence stood up for Trump’s anti-immigration platform, but only in a lukewarm manner. Under different circumstances (for example Trump never ran and Pence was picked for VP by Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush) one can imagine Pence talking in favor of immigration “reform” which even Pence knows is a codeword for amnesty.
But if you are worried about Pence as VP, don’t worry because VPs have no duties besides attending funerals and breaking ties in the Senate. If Trump wins, it will be a huge mandate for Trumpism and repudiation of Republican anti-tax anti-abortion politics as usual.