Apparently a lot of people needed to clip their fingernails last night:
Overnight rating for the VP debate on 7 networks is a 24.2 and 39 share, down -26% from 2012’s 32.5/47.
— Michael Mulvihill (@mulvihill79) October 5, 2016
This suggests that the post-debate spin is going to be more important than usual since so few people actually saw the debate. I suspect that’s good for Team Clinton, since Tim Kaine’s performance is likely to look better over time. It may not have won people over during the debate itself, but Kaine badgered Pence pretty effectively and did a good job of exposing Pence’s unwillingness to defend Donald Trump. In the end, the fact that Pence was so determined to throw Trump under the bus is likely to be the debate’s biggest takeaway.