Tonight's VP debate will be the most normal thing in this crazy election

Two relatively boring career politicians face off in an utterly standard debate. What is this, 1976?

So, just substance, huh?
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Tonight, the two major-party nominees for vice president will meet at Longwood University in sleepy Farmville, Virginia, for their one moment on the national stage together. The vice presidential debate between Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) might give voters a real opportunity to focus on issues that matter most to them — and perhaps a brief moment of normality in an otherwise bizarre and unpredictable election.

Since the first presidential debate last week, the media has focused entirely on character issues generated by both campaigns. Allegations that Donald Trump bullied a beauty-pageant winner led the post-debate debate, a topic that Trump oddly seemed eager to perpetuate. The New York Times published a Trump tax return from 1995 showing a $916 million loss that could have (quite legally) allowed Trump to stretch those losses for another two decades. Meanwhile, the Trump family foundation got served a cease-and-desist order from the New York attorney general.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.