US VP Debate: Civilized Edition

A fly rests on the head of US Vice President Mike Pence as he takes notes during the vice presidential debate against US Democratic vice presidential nominee and Senator from California Kamala Harris in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Today’s Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City, Utah was about as different from the first Presidential Debate as possible. Straight off the bat, it was frankly delightful to watch two qualified politicians not automatically interrupting each other for an hour. Well, mostly.

Being a mad socialist environmentalist, it’s probably not surprising that I reckon Senator Kamala Harris won the debate, but let’s be honest: Mike Pence had an unenviable job to do there. While Harris was able to speak to her and Joe Biden’s political records, policy stances and plans for America, Pence was stuck having to defend Donald Trump’s administration of the last four years – not so much a political record as a rap sheet.

Something did stand out to me about Pence’s performance: While by now we’re all used to hearing the President saying pretty much whatever he likes, it’s still strange to hear a real politician (and Pence is that, whatever else we might think of him) acting as a mouthpiece for Trump. Pence didn’t come across as genuinely speaking his mind once in the whole debate, instead acting as a mouthpiece to rehash Trump’s – if we’re honest – less-than-truths about the American economy, Coronavirus, and the upcoming election.

Kamala Harris’ reactions to Mike Pence were a highlight of the debate. Image credit: Robyn Beck, Getty Images

Genuinely the second-best thing about the debate had to be Kamala Harris’ facial expressions. I hope there are plenty of screenshots out there, because I think we just saw a new meme in the making.

I say second best because the best thing about the debate, hands down, was obviously Mike Pence’s new best friend:

Bad news, Mike: The US VP can no longer claim there are no flies on him. Image credit: Today.com

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