Tonight, we confirm that my lovely wife is more civic-minded than I am — as if there were any question about that issue in the first place.
As I write this, Kish is watching the vice presidential debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence. Me? I subscribe to the infamous observation of John Nance Garner, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first vice president, that the job isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit — or, according to some, another bucket of bodily fluid that exits the body at the temperature of 98.6 degrees.
I’m skeptical that any undecided voter has ever voted for a presidential ticket because of the identity of the vice presidential candidate, or the performance of that candidate in a debate. In this awful election, though, do we think that any rational voter who is dithering about the unfortunate choices presented really would vote for the Trump-Pence ticket because Mike Pence might seem like a reasonable guy in tonight’s VP debate? Who could really think that Pence is going to have some significant voice in determining policy if Donald Trump somehow is elected President, anyway? Or, alternatively, could anyone who is on the fence about whether to pull the lever for Hillary really determine that the balance is tipped in favor of HRC because of Tim Kaine’s riveting mastery of policy details?
Nah! Let’s face it — the Veep debate is a non-starter, and in this star-crossed election of 2026, that’s even more so than it’s ever been. Who cares who is the successor to Richard Nixon, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Spiro Agnew, Al Gore, and Dick Cheney? If you can’t decide who to vote for on the basis of the presidential candidates themselves, you probably shouldn’t be voting, should you?
Hey, isn’t the AL wild card game on tonight?