A “different Donald Trump” who needs to “get back in the ring . . . with a reset” wouldn't be necessary, of course, unless Trump lost Round 1. Which he did, according to non-fake polls. Also, Hewitt — a panelist at four Republican primary debates — is in a pretty good position to judge.
Still, as clear as the result on Sept. 26 might have been — even to Trump supporters like Hewitt — it would be a pretty remarkable thing to see a presidential candidate's running mate concede defeat before a TV audience of tens of millions of voters.
Then again, the Trump campaign has been all about the comeback narrative since the New York Times published tax documents showing that the real estate billionaire lost almost $916 million in 1995. The proof of Trump's genius, according to this story line, is his ability to climb out of that hole and rebuild his business empire.
Maybe the best way to spin last week's loss is to present it as an opportunity for redemption. That's what Hewitt seems to think. We'll see if Pence goes that route.