Sunday, July 17, 2016

In choosing Indiana Gov. Mike PenceTrump makes a governing choice

...if Trump triumphs and begins the great shattering of the D.C. Guild, he will need Pence to help make work the Constitution's original design, for a President Trump cannot and does not purport to want to change that design. That means a proper, constitutional relationship with the lawmakers up the street. And that's where Gov. Pence will prove his worth as Vice President Pence even more than as the desperately needed balance on the ticket.

Donald Trump deserves enormous credit for making this "governing choice" even as people like me thought he needed to make a campaigning choice with Chris Christie or Newt Gingrich. The Pence selection telegraphs to that part of the conservative movement which is not reconciled to Trump that it should saddle up and ride alongside now.

The alternative, especially in a world rocked by the withdrawal of American leadership and with a Supreme Court in the balance, is simply unimaginable. Hillary Clinton will purport to take an oath which no one can be expected to believe after her record for falsehoods laid out in detail by FBI Director Comey and will move with far greater skill to extend President JV's disdain for the Constitution to levels the consequences of which will be simple lawlessness combined with greed and special interest frenzy. Trump-Pence is a mixture of ingredients we have never seen before, but both are pledged to work with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in returning the country to its rails.