Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mike Pence: Soul Brothers?

The cultural left is in full meltdown mode over Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks on how he takes his Christian duty to ward off the sinful temptations of the flesh by never dining alone with women, and watching his alcohol use. It is a totally silly controversy (but that’s the specialty of the cultural left, isn’t it?), and I wouldn’t much bother commenting on it, except that Pence finds an unlikely ally in Scott’s favorite literary paragon, Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote back in 2012:

I’ve been with my spouse for almost 15 years. In those years, I’ve never been with anyone but the mother of my son. But that’s not because I am an especially good and true person. In fact, I am wholly in possession of an unimaginably filthy and mongrel mind. But I am also a dude who believes in guard-rails, as a buddy of mine once put it. I don’t believe in getting “in the moment” and then exercising will-power. I believe in avoiding ‘the moment.’ I believe in being absolutely clear with myself about why I am having a second drink, and why I am not; why I am going to a party, and why I am not. I believe that the battle is lost at Happy Hour, not at the hotel. I am not a ‘good man.’ But I am prepared to be an honorable one.

Heh.  (Hat tip: The Federalist.)

P.S. Yes, the “soul brothers” phrase in the title is used with malice aforethought, to inflame the identity politics crowd. Though “soul brother” may be an archaic term. So much the better!

JOHN adds: Unless I am missing something, this entire nonsense about Vice President Pence relates to something he said in an interview fifteen years ago, in 2002. Which perhaps shows how desperate the Democrats are to distract attention from the Obama administration’s spy/leak scandal.