Opinion writer

Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence speaks to Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine during the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

No winner of the Baghdad Bob award, named after the Iraqi information minister who dispensed ludicrously false reports at the beginning of the Iraq War, so perfectly exemplifies the essence of the “honor” as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Remember, Baghdad Bob (Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf) gained celebrity status by making up incredible and wholly imaginary victories for the Iraqi forces and ignoring facts (e.g. the U.S. and allied forces were routing Iraqi troops) that were blindingly obvious and instantaneously supported by video evidence. That was, in a nutshell, Pence’s entire debate strategy.

When Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) reeled off a list of Trump’s vile comments, Pence accused the Clinton campaign of running an insult-driven campaign. (But wait . . .) When Kaine quoted Trump, Pence either ignored him or insisted Trump never said such things. Even funnier, in the days after the debate, Pence took to denying he failed to defend Trump’s remarks and hedged on saying flat-out Trump was a role model:

There’s only one word to describe Pence’s descent in the intellectual and ethical quicksand that drags under virtually everyone who comes within Trump’s orbit: SAD!