VP debate draws attention to the prospect of Pence or Harris succeeding the next US president

Now the emperor has returned to his palace, the political focus in the US has switched to the Wednesday night debate [US time] between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris.

Donald Trump returned to the White house on Monday night, mounted the balcony of the White House, then stripped off his mask to defy the coronavirus that had sent him to Walter Reed military hospital. 

The floodlit scene resembled a Wagnerian opera minus the music – or  perhaps a performance by one of the more odious dictators from the 1930s.  Here was machismo, a president telling voters not to fear the virus, how he was feeling better than at any time in 20 years after emerging from the best medical care in the US despite his doctor saying – essentially – that he still wasn’t out of the woods and was on specialist medication.

So the debate between Harris and Pence becomes more significant because it is entirely possible that either could become president – Pence if Trump expires, Harris if Joe Biden holds the job for one term and then retires or something worse. 

Trump is 74, Biden 77.  Pence is 61 and Harris 55. Continue reading “VP debate draws attention to the prospect of Pence or Harris succeeding the next US president”