Here’s an interesting read. Anyone have any thoughts to share after reading it?
Letter from Washington
October 23, 2017 Issue
The Danger of President Pence
Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.
... If the job is a gamble for Pence, he himself is something of a gamble for the country. During the tumultuous 2016 Presidential campaign,
relatively little attention was paid to how Pence was chosen, or to his political record. And, with all the infighting in the new Administration,
few have focussed on Pence’s power within the White House. Newt Gingrich told me recently that the three people with the most policy
influence in the Administration are Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Pence. Gingrich went on, “Others have some influence,
such as Jared Kushner and Gary Cohn. But look at the schedule. Pence has lunches with the President. He’s in the national-security briefings.”
Moreover, and crucially, Pence is the only official in the White House who can’t be fired.
Pence, who declined requests for an interview, is also one of the few with whom Trump hasn’t overtly feuded.
“The President considers him one of his best decisions,” Tony Fabrizio, a pollster for Trump, told me.
Even so, they are almost comically mismatched. “You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting,”
the former White House strategist Stephen Bannon joked, comparing them to Dean Martin, the bad boy of the Rat Pack, and “the dad on ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ ”
Trump and Pence are misaligned politically, too. Trump campaigned as an unorthodox outsider, but Pence is a doctrinaire ideologue. ...
She also did a Fresh Air interview: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/18/558525943/understanding-mike-pence-and-his-relationship-to-trump-his-public-role-is-fawnin