Who is Pence? He once was a darling of what is now the Never Trump crowd.
From the National Review, May 5, 2014:
Mike Pence’s Federalism
Does it have a future on Pennsylvania Avenue?
Mike Pence was elected governor of Indiana in November 2012 almost under the radar. Other events attracted more attention, particularly the state’s Senate race, which attracted national attention after Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee, knocked off six-term senator Richard Lugar in the GOP primary and then threw away any chance of winning by saying that pregnancies stemming from rape are “something that God intended to happen.” Then there was Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s popular two-term governor, whose legacy hovered over Pence as he campaigned. Pence had no catchy campaign slogans, only talk of taking the Hoosier state from “good to great” and “from reform to results.”
Before his run for the governorship, though, Pence had turned heads. The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol urged him to run for president in 2012. So did Club for Growth president Chris Chocola and FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe, two prominent free-market leaders. Pence is a favorite of social conservatives, too. He is perhaps best known for his oft-repeated statement that he is “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican — in that order.” At the Value Voters Summit in 2010, he won the straw poll for both president and vice president. Frequently mentioned as a dark-horse candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he is among a handful of Republican governors Mitt Romney said he’d like to see vie for it.Ah yes, the Pence presidency. The conservative commentariat in the capital always has a flavor of the month, usually an obscure governor from a resoundingly Republican state. They pounded the tom-toms for Palin for vice president in 2007, a year before Republicans had a presidential nominee.
In the abstract, she looked good. Ditto Mitch Daniels. Ditto Mike Pence. But the reality is in the governance, not the speeches. I found Pence wanting in his handling of Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I would have told Angie's List to bite me.
Experts will tell you that in light of RFRA, selecting Pence will cost Trump votes on the left and on the right. Nope. Nothing changes. His supporters will suck it up -- Coulter still will vote for him -- while Bill Kristol still won't.
Politically, it does not matter. This election is a referendum on Trump, not Pence or even Hillary. We began the day with the election focusing on Trump. We will end the day the same way.
However, aesthetically, selecting Pence matters. To most voters, Pence looks presidential. If something happens to Trump, Pence steps in. Newt, Christie and a general most of voters never heard of do not look presidential. Pence does. But Pence also has the decency to look slightly less presidential than Trump. Remember how much more presidential Lloyd Bentsen looked than Mike Dukakis in 1988? Everyone said Dan Quayle was a mistake, but in retrospect, he made Bush look bigger.
You can see the problem Hillary faces. She cannot be dwarfed by her running mate, which hampers finding someone who looks presidential. Did you see her and Liz Warren? They looked like grandma and her sister doing a "Golden Girls" cosplay, albeit both are Rose. I think Biden is her only real choice. He looks more presidential, but not in a threatening way.
Pence will do.
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