I can’t blame any of you if you decided to skip out on the VP debate. It wasn’t really on my list of things to do either, in fact I skipped it at first to take care of some coursework. I would have been fine just skipping it entirely, after all this election is more ‘the Trump show’ than anything else, but the words being tossed around afterwards encouraged me to take a look. I was happy to find out People weren’t exaggerating; Kaine truly was a mess in this debate. Many people were even comparing him to similar horrific debaters in the past. I’d be lying if I said I knew enough to make such a comparison myself, but if you’d like to see his and Pence’s performances yourself, you can check that out here.
My main takeaway from the whole thing was that Kaine, backed by the moderator (as you’d expect from the ‘unbiased media’) was trying very hard to be on the offensive the whole time, literally as if he was trying to copy what he would think was a more dominant style of debate. It wasn’t. Pence, on the other hand, remained generally collected, calm, and came out looking like the good guy whenever Kaine burst in with an interruption and one of his tirades. I have to give Pence some serious credit, it must be hard to keep your cool when you have the equivalent of a small attack dog nipping at your heels for 90 minutes. Kaine also came off overall rather nervous and unprepared to deal with the spotlight, with some saying he seemed almost robotic and that his performance was overplanned, which doesn’t surprise me seeing how robotic Clinton’s campaign has been in general.
The interesting thing about this debate, however, was the way the polls and opinion pieces shaped out afterward. For perhaps the first time in this election the MSM wasn’t entirely hard left. Sure you have your extremely partisan sources who will side with their candidate through thick and thin, but other typically left leaning outlets such as The Washington Post actually sided with Pence in the debate, and even reader polls on typically left leaning sources were coming up Pence. In Pence’s credit his calm collected demeanor showed he certainly had experience in the arena and went along nicely with Trump’s more dominant attitude. But that alone isn’t enough to sway a hardline left media to Pence’s side: You’d expect them to praise Kaine for putting Pence on the ‘defensive’ so often. But their dislike of Kaine here stems from one simple fact:
No one, from any slice of life or side of the political spectrum, respects a beta. Doubly so if that beta tries and fails to act like an alpha.
You might wonder, then, if betas get so much hate for trying to act like an alpha, what hope there is for them? Becoming alpha and trying to act alpha are 2 different things. There are a lot of things you can’t fake that easily, and from Kaine’s twitching, avoidance of the camera, and jittery demeanor an air of fear was projected. So when Kaine lashed out (which was extremely often) it didn’t ever seem out of dominance or alphatude, but out of fear and panic. This is something you might see in some of your not-so-alpha friends. Earlier I even talked some about that beta friend everyone has who just can’t seem to get it, but when he actually tries to man up and be an alpha and defend himself you get someone who starts acting just like Kaine did.
That’s not something I’m pulling out of thin air, either. Just a few months ago I had an old friend who goes by Jared. There were a lot of reasons he was starting to get on my bad side: He was more emotional than even most girls I knew, unwilling to take steps to improve himself, and blamed me for all his problems even though I was an entire city over. Typical beta behavior, right? It doesn’t stop there. Jared has what I’d call a ‘kettle complex‘. It’s something you probably notice in some of your friends: Maybe one day or week they seem patient, but once a threshold gets hit they lash out against anyone and everyone they can see. That was Jared to a T. We’d all have some stabs at him here and there, usually just playing with him, and he’d go along with it, not laughing because he never took it as the joke it was supposed to be despite how obvious it was that it was meant in jest, but sucking it up and turning the other cheek. If he were an alpha you’d expect him to simply ignore it or laugh a little and throw a fun (and sharper) shiv back at the people poking and, crucially, not getting mad. At most if an alpha took it seriously he’d stand up and tell them to knock it off. Instead every time he’d simply turn the other cheek… for a while. Once he hit his boiling point he’d blow his top and start yelling at everyone around, especially his ‘friends’. It’s what most people would call having an ‘episode’.
Do you think this show of supposed dominance made him come off as a cool asshole or a dominant man? No way; everyone looked down on him when he was taking their shit, and everyone looked down on him even more when he had an outburst. They didn’t see it as him standing up for himself, and if he were honest with himself he’d agree. It makes him look like a scared animal, backed into a corner. A doe when hunted will do its best to put up a fight when put into a corner. Instead of standing up for himself when it mattered, or throwing back jokes in good fun, he always seemed like he was retreating and then lashing out.
That’s exactly what Kaine came off looking like. A man who’s crowning achievement in his political life is getting chosen to run with one of the worst people in American politics. The second to an old crusty cunt with no other real claim to fame, and a man, nay a boy, who blew his top when the first bit of pressure came on. Even the left won’t respect a boy like that, and it’s no surprise he got the backlash he did.
When a beta goes on the offensive, no one sees it as a man evolving into alphatude, but as a dying animal trying desperately to grasp back any prominence it had.