Mike Pence

Mike Pence and the 2024 presidential race

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Mike Pence and his allies are gearing up for a possible run at the presidency in 2024. According to the Post, Pence’s friends and advisers say he’s likely to run for president, especially if Donald Trump doesn’t. Accordingly, Pence is “taking all the traditional steps to position himself for a. . .presidential bid.” He’s “hopscotching the country giving six-figure speeches, sitting down for interviews with »

For Mike Pence, “a strange new respect”

Featured image During his presentation to the Senate, House impeachment manager Rep. Joaquin Castro showed footage of Mike Pence moving away from the angry mob that attacked the Capitol. Castro unctuously declared, “Mike Pence is not a traitor to this country — he is a patriot.” Before last month, did any Democrat ever suggest that Mike Pence is a patriot? I daresay none did, until he became a prop in the impeachment »

On impeachment, Part Five, Mike Pence

Featured image This is the last in my series of posts called “On Impeachment.” Part One is here. Part Two, which set forth some presumptions about impeaching a president, is here. Part Three is here. It discussed the free speech problem with impeaching President Trump for stating his view about the election. Part Four considered the merits of impeaching Trump for what he urged protesters to do. In this post, I want »

The Pence letter

Featured image Minutes before he undertook to preside at the joint session of Congress convened to tabulate the Electoral College results yesterday Vice President Pence released a three-page letter explaining his understanding of his “largely ceremonial” responsibilities. I have embedded a copy of the letter below. Speaking at the “Stop the Steal” rally yesterday, President Trump urged Pence to reject the Electoral College results. “Mike Pence,” he said, “I hope you get »

The Pence-Harris debate

Featured image This was a real debate, a good debate. It was one of the best debates associated with a presidential election that I can recall. Both participants were sharp and both landed plenty of blows. Both talked over the moderator, but not over each other. Neither was very obnoxious. Only one was relatively honest. I’ll get to that later. There was a clear winner, I think. It was Mike Pence. He »

Mike Pence’s moment

Featured image These are becoming the most uncertain times I have ever experienced. The immediate aftermath of 9/11 was uncertain, but after about a week it seemed unlikely that there would be another large scale terrorist attack against the homeland. There was great uncertainty when the economy and the stock market tanked in 2008, but no health scare to go along with the economic woes. At present, we have a pandemic, an »

Pence does AIPAC

Featured image Vice President Pence addressed AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington yesterday. I have posted the video below. The White House has posted the text of Pence’s speech here. The depth of the Trump administration’s support for Israel, as faithfully recounted by Pence, is astonishing. It is hard to believe that any other of the 2016 Republican contenders would have had the audacity to do all that Trump has done. As »

Pete Buttigieg, black voters, and Mike Pence

Featured image I have written a few times about Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has moved rapidly from complete unknown to third place in a poll among Democratic contenders for the presidency. This weekend, Buttigieg formally announced his candidacy. There are two areas of significant controversy regarding Buttigieg that I haven’t mentioned so far. The first is doubts some African-Americans have about him. The second is his dispute »

Democrats: Be Careful What You Wish For

Featured image It is a sign of the times: the Democrats are delirious at the prospect of impeaching President Trump–not because he had an adulterous dalliance with a porn performer, which would have been considered a bad thing in the pre-Bill Clinton era, but rather because his payoff to her ostensibly constituted a campaign finance violation. For which no one is punished, ever, except Dinesh D’Souza. Some Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, are »

Liberal media fawns over Kim Jong Un’s sister

Featured image I’ll say this for Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong — she’s considerably better looking than the goon who runs North Korea. This may be faint praise, but there’s nothing faint about the praise being heaped on the dictator’s sister by America’s mainstream media. According to CNN, to take perhaps the worst example, “if ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would »

Pence rocks the Knesset

Featured image The Israeli Knesset held a special session yesterday to welcome Vice President Pence. Pence was the first American vice president to address the Knesset. He spoke to a packed room. Among those welcoming the vice president were the Israeli president, the Israeli prime minister, and the Israeli leader of the opposition. Roughly all of Israel’s political establishment turned out. The United States embassy in Tel Aviv, soon to be in »

A penny’s worth of thoughts on Pence

Featured image As vice president-elect, Mike Pence and his family attended the musical “Hamilton” in New York City. After the performance, as the Pence family was leaving the theater, the cast saw fit to deliver a political lecture to the soon-to-be VP. Pence, a better man than me, halted and listened respectfully to the left-wing sermon. He told his family that this is what freedom looks like. Yesterday, Vice President Pence attended »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll expounds THE PENCE PROTECTION PRINCIPLE. She writes: If, like me, you are fortunate enough to live into late, late middle age, you will think that you have heard everything. But, sadly, you will have not. So, when the breaking news story about Vice President Pence’s principle of not dining alone with a woman other than his wife hit the airwaves, it could have triggered any number of sane »

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mike Pence: Soul Brothers?

Featured image 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 »

Trump’s synthesis [UPDATED]

Featured image In the run-up to this year’s election, when I thought Hillary Clinton would win, I speculated about what a post-Trump GOP would look like. It seemed to me that the Party might settle on a synthesis that mixed two doses of traditional conservatism with one dose of Trumpianism. Based on Trump’s early moves, especially his appointments, it looks like this might be the formula. Except I’m not sure about the »

Did Pence want to be booed?

Featured image Of course not. But that’s the theory of a liberal Washington Post writer called Catherine Rampell. She writes: I. . .wouldn’t be surprised if Pence attended Friday’s performance specifically hoping, or at least expecting, to stoke boos and a brouhaha that would ultimately rouse the Republican base — and distract from much more embarrassing Trump-related news. What embarrassing Trump-related news? The Trump University settlement, foreign diplomats booking stays at Trump’s »

Freakout on Broadway shows conservatives should maintain a status apart

Featured image Conservatives critics have written favorably about the musical “Hamilton.” Alexander Hamilton is, after all, a hero to some conservatives. And conservatives are inclined to be pleased any time large audiences are exposed to American history in a manner that doesn’t abuse or demean men like Hamilton. In the case of “Hamilton,” conservative critics found the history presented to be serious and reasonably accurate. Even so, I couldn’t help suspecting that, »