President Mike Pence. The words do not trip lightly off the tongue. But as special counsel Robert Mueller dives ever deeper into the murky waters of Trump family enterprises — and the campaign’s possible collusion with Russia — a Pence presidency must be contemplated.
Donald Trump’s journey from abrasively transformative to annoyingly ineffective would not have been enough to make the president’s impeachment or resignation much of a probability. But recent developments kindle thoughts of Vice President Pence in the top job.
Now, Pence would not be my first or 10th choice for president. Even among Republicans, he scores well below Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, both of whom have taken steps suggesting a challenge to Trump in 2020.
Good luck to them, but this presidency may not last that long. Consider how far Trump has fallen in only six (can’t call them “short”) months. Congressional Republicans who once quaked at his nutty tweets now shrug. Foreign leaders openly mock him. And though Trump can still find 12 rapturous faces in West Virginia to pose in front of, his national approval numbers grow more pathetic by the week.
Many liberal friends don’t see Pence as much of an improvement over Trump. Pence, they say, is as hostile as Trump to reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act (although, as governor of Indiana, he did expand Medicaid). He called global warming a “myth,” said condoms don’t protect against sexually transmitted…
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