KANSAS CITY MEDIA MOGUL CRAIG GLAZER: GOV. MIKE PENCE LOOKS PRESIDENTIAL AFTER WINNING VP DEBATE!!!
TKC NOTE: Even progressive pundits concede that the style and swagger of this GOP rising star is notable amid a competition betwixt two unlikable candidates. Take a look at what this Kansas City media power broker has to say on the topic . . .
Craig Glazer: A Star Is Born. Mike Pence.
Until the debate this week between Mike Pence Republican Vice President nominee and Tim Kaine Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, we knew just a little bit about both. Then the magic of a tv debate happened. Tim Kaine was decent no doubt, but Mike Pence, holly molly, emerged as 'The New and Future Star' of his party. Pence had the calm presence, the answers and maybe most important: HE LOOKS LIKE A PRESIDENT! Even his voice tone was pleasant and authoritative.
Hey he may be too far right for many. The fact he's a republican will of course not please any democratic folks, but boy he left that stage as a political rock star! Pence came under attack not only from Kaine but also the commentator who was clearly not a Trump fan. Kaine interrupted Pence all too often, but he not only held his own, his message was loud and strong. Pence never rattled or got upset. A lesson his boss could use, Donald Trump.
Lets be honest, Trump is trailing and as of today not likely to beat Hillary Clinton in a few weeks in November. If he loses, Trump will of course be done with politics and back to being 'Donald Trump.' However Mike Pence is likely to be the man she will face in four years, the next election.
With both Clinton and Trump drawing more negatives than positives you have to wonder: what if the Republicans would have found this guy a year ago? What if it were Pence and not Trump going up against Hillary in November? Things might be much different. You even wonder what might have happened if Trump dropped out a few months back when things got dark for him and it was Pence who faced Clinton in that first debate, which may have sealed Trump's fate.
It's become clear that America likes the nice looking,charming, candidate when possible. Pence has that 'Kennedy' thing. The guy has the looks, the presidential presence and the goods to be the next big thing in politics in America. The problem is if Trump falls he will have a long wait and running against an incumbent is always uphill. However with all Clinton's issues, if she doesn't have a great four years, then look out for Pence.
Yes Trump can say his first big move as a political leader was to choose mister hot, Pence, but again, he has come under so much media fire and he keeps saying things that don't help him. Trump was nearly even with Clinton before the debate and now has fallen back. Pence helped Trump somewhat but likely not enough. Trump needs a HUGE win Sunday night against Hillary. That will be tough with the town hall style of the debate coming up. Plus Donald just hasn't learned how to do what Pence did, stay calm, stay on the issues and not get upset. Again it may just be too late for the 'Donald.' It's just the beginning for Mike Pence.