Mike Pence Wants To Run For President & I Feel Sorry For Him
If he runs, it will be the most pathetic presidential campaign in history
After months of laying low, former Vice President Mike Pence has emerged from the shadows and given his first public speech.
I never understood the whole Mike Pence as Trump’s vice president thing. I get that at that point in Trump’s political career he was more amenable to advice. Pence was suggested as a running mate because he appealed to conservative evangelicals while the pussy grabbing Trump did not.
As we all know, it wasn’t long before Trump began to feel more confident in his role as president and stopped taking advice from anyone that was not immediate family or willing to flatter his ego.
I’m sure that he wanted to dump Pence like he dumped so many of his other early choices. Fortunately, Trump has a habit of taking the advice of the last person that he talks to, so as long as everyone he spoke with told him not to dump Pence, Pence remained as vice president.
After the 2016 campaign, we saw less and less of Pence. He became a spectral presence in Trump’s administration. You know, like those photos of apparitions that show a misty, gray shape in the corner of the room or floating down the hallway.
I don’t know if it was the white hair or the severe self-effacement, but he became a ghost, rarely seen, always in the background.
Trump seemed almost unaware of Pence’s existence. Here’s how Pence described how he came to be chosen to speak at the 2017 March for Life, an annual demonstration against abortion rights:
“He reminisced about Mr. Trump sending him in 2017 to speak at the March for Life, the annual demonstration of anti-abortion advocates, after Mr. Trump realized he wouldn’t be able to attend himself.
“I remember standing next to the Resolute Desk,” Mr. Pence recalled, noting that he piped up “rather shy,” to tell Mr. Trump, “well you know, they invited me, too.”
Mr. Trump looked up at him, he recalled, and “he said, ‘well, you should definitely go.’”
Is it just me or is that not something to brag about? That it didn’t even occur to Trump to ask Pence to speak in his place. That Pence had to literally beg.
On January 6, 2021 Pence finally grew a pair and stood up to Trump, refusing to throw out electoral votes. I’m sure that when he decided to uphold the Constitution that he had no idea that Trump would send an invading force to take over the Capitol and try to stop the certification of the election.
Here’s something that I have never understood about Trump’s Christian supporters. They seem to follow the vengeful Old Testament God rather than the more benevolent New Testament God.
I can definitely see the Old Testament God ordering his followers to build a gallows to hang Pence for disobeying Trump.
The New Testament God would have told Trump and his supporters to do what Pence did: turn the other cheek.
Makes me wonder which God the insurrectionists were praying to after they invaded the Senate Chamber.
In Pence’s first speech since leaving office, he praises Trump. Calls it a privilege to have served with him.
Maybe he thinks that if he lauds Trump, it will keep the mob away. Because they are still pissed. Egged on by Trump, they are still convinced that the election was stolen and that Pence had something to with it.
If I were in Pence’s shoes, I would be looking into the Witness Protection program rather than running for president.
But Pence seems determined to follow in the footsteps of so many VP’s before him and run for president. He just doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo that any association with Trump is only a plus with his small group of supporters.
If you want to win the presidency, you need to appeal to the rest of the country which considers Trump toxic.
And you shouldn’t brag about having to remind Trump that you exist.
Even though Pence doesn’t seem to have moved on from his days as Trump’s lackey, Trump has moved on from Pence. He is talking more and more seriously about running in 2024 and is now openly talking about possible running mates. None of whom are named Mike Pence.
How embarrassing is that?
Trump doesn’t need Pence any more. Conservative evangelicals are now firmly entrenched in their support of him.
But Pence thinks that he still needs Trump. He talks about the 2016 campaign. He talks about the accomplishments of Trump’s administration using “we”, making it sound like a partnership.
If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny.