It was night and day between the combative, I-want-to-be-a-participant Lester Holt of NBC and the polite, understated and studious Elaina Quijano of CBS as she facilitated and moderated last night's VP debate.
Ms. Quijano had good questions that were tied to issues and not just gotcha questions designed for the next-day sound bite.
My take away from the debate is that Senator Tim Kaine was loaded with cutesy one liners and was determined to discredit Donald Trump to the exclusion of issues.
Also, the Senator had his moments but does not come across as commander in chief material and his light profile buttresses what we saw Labor Day when he sat behind Mrs Clinton and giggled during his infamous coughing fit.
Governor Mike Pence didn't take the bait last night and didn't argue about specific things the boss has said. He was unflappable and was able to draw on his preparation to appear informed.
Such things don't change the race, but the base is reassured and Mr. Trump is teed up for Sunday's debate in St. Louis. Obviously he has to perform.
As for the instant analysis, there was an effort to downplay the Pence performance, but what also hurt Dems was the video from Flint of President Bill Clinton dismissing the ACA as the "craziest thing he's ever seen."
Sunday we get Anderson Cooper...He will definitely want to be the center of attention.
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