Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pence Wins Straw Poll By Playing to Far Right

The far right is so easy to fool. You dress up a candidate in a pretty little package, and they'll vote for it if it says the right things.

I can list all of Mike Pence's legislative accomplishments here...

Now, the right wants him to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Pence has not served as an executive at any level, and, prior to his time in Congress, had no legislative experience. Before he took office in 2001, he had run two failed campaigns for Congress.

In short, his resume is light. In his nine years in Congress, he has done little but be a good soldier and carry the GOP's holy water. This has endeared him to the Republican leadership, and he has quietly soldiered through the ranks. There is no doubt that Pence has paid his Republican dues to get where he is today as one of the highest-ranking U.S. House members. But, does that a President make? He can't compare with Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney, Rudy Guiliani, Mike Huckabee, or even Sarah Palin as an executive.

That's just a part of the story. You see, Mike Pence is a old guard Christian conservative, and he's good at playing the part. He's even good at making the Tea Party listen.

Now, it appears that Daniels and Pence may have a little tiff going over the comments that Daniels made earlier this year about conceding social issues in order to get things done. That's one thing I do like about Mitch Daniels. He isn't afraid to ruffle feathers...even if it's those of his own base. It's a great thing to admire about him, but it's also a reason why he's dead-in-the-water as a Presidential candidate. Mike Pence has the same so-called "Hoosier Values" and he couches it all in that evangelical package that got a lightweight with more executive experience like George W. Bush elected President of the United States.

Pence is so innocuous and so good at playing the media game (heck...he was a part of the media at one point) that he might just have a shot at slipping past all those big names and into the GOP nomination. Then again, he could just be the candidate-du-jour. A guy that likes to toe that Tea Party line just long enough for it to be convenient.

There's not much behind the Pence curtain, but, who cares? Right? To put it in Hoosier speak, "He speaks purty and talks about God." That might just be enough for a guy with a little experience and nothing to show for it to go a long way in the 2012 election season.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well said. I'm from Pence's district, though he most certainly received no votes from me and never will. Pence has simply returned to his ultra-conservative-barely-able-to-cover-his-bigotry roots.

I met Pence when he first ran for congress (and lost) about 20 years ago. He was campaigning in a neighborhood where he probably did not expect to encounter any minorities. I was still living with my parents at the time, and when I answered the door, Pence could barely hide his surprise that a black family was living in the house and very obviously didn't want to shake my hand. He had to, of course, but he couldn't wait to get away.

Pence lost that time because his firebrand conservatism was not really in vogue. Now it is, and he's back where he belongs.