MY USA Today Piece on VP Debates

You can find that here. The title is “One memorable veep debate,” though I argue most of them are fairly memorable.

How this happened was USA Today called me up earlier this week and said (and I’m paraphrasing), “Hey Mr. Vice Presidential Expert Guy, how would you like to watch the veep debate between Paul Ryan and that other guy, kind of a grin with a body behind it, and then file an insta-analysis for us that reacts to the debate and puts it in a broader historical context and does not bore people to tears?”

And so I asked how long I’d have to write said piece after said debate. “One hour,” said USA Today.

“Deal,” I said, though turns out I was too optimistic. It actually took me one hour and seven minutes.

The thing I chose to focus on, as the world’s most living vice presidential expert, was the entertainment value of the veep debate, which is consistently more entertaining, and usually more informative, than all the presidential dust-ups.

  • Joel

    “… as the world’s most living vice presidential expert, …”

    As opposed to the partly dead (semi-inorganic? partially zombie-fied?) vice presidential experts? Really, this makes me curious about these rival experts of yours …


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