October 5, 2016

PLANNING FOR THE POST-TRUMP GOP:

Mike Pence's bizarro world (Michael Brendan Dougherty, October 5, 2016, The Week)


Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence flashed real skills as a debater on Tuesday night. Unlike his running mate, he was armed with specific facts and practiced attack lines about the Democratic Party in general, and Hillary Clinton in particular. Pence was measured, calm, and unflappable. He often looked and sounded much better than Democrat Tim Kaine.

But there was a problem. Mike Pence, perhaps for his own sanity, is pretending that his running mate is a generic Republican rather than Donald Trump.

Over and over again, Kaine quoted Trump's more outlandish statements about Mexicans, Russian President Vladimir Putin, or nuclear proliferation. Sometimes they weren't even outlandish, but just cut against Republican Party orthodoxy. And Pence just shook his head derisively, as if Kaine had made it all up.

Pence seemed to know that it would be a losing strategy to explain or defend the scores of zany, offensive, or discomfiting things Trump has said. So he just pretended to be Lindsey Graham's veep candidate instead.

This is the proper strategy going forward : Trump was a mistake and a one-off; help Hillary pass Amnesty, the trade bills and an Obamacare fix; run a governor in 2020.
Posted by at October 5, 2016 4:13 PM

  

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