Trump Must Learn from Pence to Win

I don't think there's much question—even Chris Matthews and Jake Tapper gave it to him—that Mike Pence won the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.

I'll go further. He beat everyone by a mile—Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump.

Pence showed us what a grown-up president might be like in 2016. All by himself he renewed our faith in American politics that has been close to obliterated by the nauseatingly corrupt and dishonest Hillary Clinton and the wildly erratic Donald Trump.  (Tim Kaine was just another version of the hackus politicanus, a tedious and bombastic liar who makes you want to reach for the Nembutal jar and go bottoms up.)

Pence had the advantage of his years as a radio host—he knows what to do in front of a microphone—but I suspect it was more than that.  This seems like a man who is sure of who he is and actually has values, despite being a politician.  Call that a modern miracle. Also, quite obviously, Pence was prepared.  He'd done his homework.

Donald Trump was tweeting away happily during the debate—and he should have been.  His man was winning.

But those of us who hope Trump will win, if only to put the brakes on the astonishing corruption of the Clintons that seems to never stop and now threatens to bring us all down with it (the latest is that they were funneling TARP funds through the Clinton Foundation!), should urge Donald to do more than praise his running mate or brag about him.

Trump should study Pence and learn from him.  I know it's not Donald's style to humble himself, not publicly anyway, but Mike Pence has a lot to teach him, if only by modeling.

If Trump can digest some of Pence's demeanor and polish, if he does his homework the way the Indiana governor did and stays unfailingly on message and doesn't waste time playing defense on absurdities, Donald will win the election.  Even the media cannot stop him (not that they won't try until the very last second).  But if he doesn't, he is lost. (We all are.)