If the world we live in today resembled the way it was even a year or two ago I would have had a series of humor posts trying to create my satirical/farcical take on what a Trump/Biden or Pence/Harris debate would be. But it’s no longer possible to write satire or even farce. No sooner would I commit to paper some absurd outrage by Biden or Harris than one of them would blow it away with something much crazier. It is impossible to parody these people. They are living cartoons, or in Biden’s case, almost living. If I had him walk on stage and start playing with his ear wax, he’d do me one better and start picking his nose. If I had Harris breaking into tears and accusing the moderator of verbal assault, she’d one up me by grabbing a gun from her secret service agent and start blasting away at him. After all, if the mayors of all large cities now routinely condone looting, arson and even murder by certain constituencies then a VP candidate going postal on a debate stage would be hardly a misdemeanor and unworthy of even a passing report in the daily papers and tv news. So instead of parody let’s just think about what these debates will be.
With respect to the presidential debates, the Trump camp is primarily concerned about the venue and the moderators. And with good reason. The history of US presidential debates is an unbroken succession of far-left moderators serving up softball puff questions to the Democrat candidate and asking the Republican candidate whether he is still beating his wife. Sensibly, President Trump has announced that he will require some representation on the moderator panel by conservative journalists in every debate. But what if they refuse? If the Trump camp stands their ground on this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden used this as an excuse to skip the debates altogether. And this is actually a pretty reasonable position for them. Anyone who has listened to some of Biden’s most recent interviews is acutely aware that Sleepy Joe has lost more than just a little bit off of his fastball. In fact, he can’t even manage a one bouncer to the plate. It’s more like a slow dribbler. I’m thinking that even if President Trump agrees to all the conditions the Democrats demand, that Joe might still opt out. Because even if the questions were slanted in the extreme, President Trump would still get his message across and Biden would at best, stutter out almost incomprehensible non-sequiturs and at worst drool on himself. It will be fascinating to see how that negotiation proceeds.
With respect to a Pence/Harris debate, this would be an entirely different situation. Mike Pence is not a pugnacious orator like the President. He is a polite soft-spoken gentleman who would not attack a woman in a debate. He will be at a distinct disadvantage against the histrionic and emotional Harris. I can remember during her debate performances in the primaries, she would work herself up into an almost hysterical state that looked like she was about to burst into tears. I could see this unnerving Pence if he were not studied in deflecting this tactic. Honestly, I think it is critical that the White House team have Pence work through a number of drills to be familiar with the techniques needed to defuse Harris’s emotional style.
Another thing that I think will be key for both sets of debates is to use the support that both Biden and Harris have given to the BLM movement as weapons against them. And this should begin way before the debates in commercials that include both audio and video of the candidates siding with the rioters against the police. This is the strongest argument in favor of President Trump and against the Democrats. It should be used as a club wherever and whenever possible. The impact in the battleground states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania will be enormous. And it is just possible it will have an impact in some blue states. It has long been assumed that Oregon and Washington are completely out of reach for Republicans forever. But after what has been going on in Seattle and Portland I wonder if that is still true. Putting resources into testing the waters there might be money well spent. And there is definitely a case to be made for Colorado and New Mexico.
Much is still unclear as to how the debates will play out this election season but as in 2016 the debates are a definite strong suit for President Trump and seeing him stacked up against the remnants of Joe Biden would be a wonderful opportunity to show America just how unprepared Biden is at this point to perform the most critical job on earth.