Give Mike Pence credit for facing the fire this morning. After a week of seamy allegations about sexual assault and Trump goofing on his accusers’ looks, it’d be easy for Pence to beg off appearing on the Sunday shows and farm this clean-up job out to lesser surrogates like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich. Instead, as of Saturday afternoon, he’s booked for “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” and “Fox News Sunday.” Chuck Todd et al. are going to come right at him for what he said Friday morning about forthcoming evidence that would debunk some of the charges against Trump. Is … this guy’s story the evidence he had in mind? Or, more likely, did the campaign assure Pence early Friday that they had something cooking that would impeach Trump’s accuser without telling him specifically what it was? Now he has to go out there and vouch for Gilberthorpe’s credibility. Oh well. He bought the ticket. Take the ride.
Giuliani and Gingrich are booked too this morning, for “State of the Union” and “This Week,” respectively. For Democrats, it’s VPs present and possibly future: Joe Biden will follow Pence on “Meet the Press” while Tim Kaine is set for “This Week,” “Face the Nation,” and “Fox News Sunday.” A conspicuous omission this morning is Kellyanne Conway. You would think, after a week like this, the campaign would want its most prominent and likable woman surrogate out there helping to put out the fire. Maybe she’ll be a late addition to the schedule. The full line-up is at the AP.