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Reading: Pence struggles to defend the indefensible and please his disastrous boss | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

From Pence struggles to defend the indefensible and please his disastrous boss | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

A little light rhetorical analysis:

The American people I believe deserve credit for the sacrifices they have made for the health of their family, and their neighbors, our doctors, nurses, first responders.”

This kind of piously indignant pabulum is not a new performance for the current vice-president but rather something he perfected as a talkshow radio host in Indiana in the late 1990s. Pence styled himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf” which is just the kind of awshucks deception that is so vital to serving as a cardboard cutout behind Donald Trump’s shoulder.

In many ways, this was a three-way contest, between Harris, Pence and Trump. But only Pence cared about the Trump voice in his head. And that astonishingly loud, gasping voice constantly distracted Pence from the contest on stage.

It does not take much imagination to conjure up a world in which Pence is sworn into the presidency just before the people kick him out of office

For starters, Trump… could not shut his mouth on social media for the entire evening. This was of course a repeat performance of his debate with Joe Biden last week…/.

In truth, both candidates were equally matched debaters. Pence dodged everything about climate change. Harris dodged everything about packing the supreme court.

What was unequal was that Pence had to defend the indefensible: a disastrous and preventable death toll, a collapsing economy and a Covid-infected president.

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