By Hal Brown
The DonkeyHotey caracatures above represent four stages of Pence. 1) The fawning Trump sidekick angel during his presidency, 2) post election restraining his anger when Trump bgean the Big Lie, 3) after Jan. 6th when he was dealing with the painful realization that Trump had thrown him under the bus, and 4) the past week when he finally seemed to grow a spine and express his at least some of his anger at Trump. Pence needs to refurbish his image. He needs to replace the mental picture people have of him looking like this:
with ones looking like this:
Seee more about Harley biker Pence at the end of my blog.
Modern medicine hasn't figured out how to make someone grow a spine, but Pence may see that his hopes for the presidency at least requires pretending he now has one.
Pence is turning into an interesting story. His recent words about Trump suggests that he knows that the only chance he has to win the nomination is to come out as a milder anti-Trump version of Chris Christie and hope that for whatever reason Trump crashes and burns. He knows there is no way Trump will select him to run as vice presdient again.
This is from ABC News and show the unleashed Pence:
Pence, speaking at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, stressed that he "had hoped that this issue and the judgment of the president's actions that day would be left to the American people" rather than the legal system -- but he also offered some of his strongest condemnations yet of Trump's decisions around Jan. 6.
"Sadly, the president was surrounded by a group of crackpot lawyers that kept telling him what his itching ears wanted to hear," Pence said. "And while I made my case to him, with what I understood my oath of the Constitution to require, the president ultimately continued to demand that I choose him over the Constitution."
That Pence would not do, he said.
"I really do believe that anyone who puts themselves over the Constitution should never be President of the United States," he said. "And anyone who asks someone else to put themselves over the Constitution should never be President of the United States again."
He knows that Trump defended the rioters chant of "hang Mike Pence" (see article). He might even know that there are songs like this about hanging him which is a parody considering it was sung at a Unitarian Church.
Hours after President Donald J. Trump announced a “wild” rally in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, his supporters began discussing building a gallows in front of the Capitol.
“Could be built very quickly with the right plan and the right people bringing pre-cut materials to the site!” a user wrote on a pro-Trump online forum. “Anybody got a blueprint for a standing gallows like that? Who’s with me?!”
Days later, a second user posted a diagram describing the cuts of lumber and rope that would be needed to erect a gallows and fashion a noose. A lengthy planning discussion ensued. A third posted a manual on how to tie a hangman’s knot.
“We will be building a gallows right in front of the Capitol, so the traitors know the stakes,” another user wrote.
Mr. Pence’s experience highlights the dangers for the individual and the public. In his book,* Mr. Esper (fired Defense Secratary Mark Esper) describes the way Mr. Pence represented a sane, normal presence in meetings. But, Mr. Esper writes, he could never discern how much their boss even considered the vice president’s views: “He was part cheerleader and part sounding board, though I could never tell how much influence he really had with Trump. He often didn’t say much in meetings that the president attended, and he rarely disagreed with Trump in front of us.
She went on:
And now, as Mr. Pence runs for president himself, the reward for coming through in a central moment of American history is a kind of surround-sound aversion.
At first, at that dinner in Iowa last week, Mr. Pence talked brightly, in the expectation of applause, which came, sort of, at muted levels, muted even for the kinds of things — like his abortion politics — that resulted in applause for others.
This was tepid, indifferent clapping, a kind of subtle hell worse than booing, where people who knew you have forgotten you. Mr. Pence kept talking, the delivery staying even and polished, the brightness fading, talking about restoring civility. “So I thank you for hearing me out tonight,” he said, almost somber.
*Espers book is titled A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Defense Secretary in Extraordinary Time"