Rumors abound in the Swamp that Vice President Mike Pence is stealthily attempting to remove President Trump and ascend to the Oval Office. Of course, the tinder wood on this whopper has been gathered, doused with petrol, and ignited by the news giants that bring you ‘unnamed sources’ and flat out printed lies.
Ask yourself; do I believe any of this?
Maybe you should, or at least indulge a healthy suspicion, after all, the parties fingered are either RINO’s or toadstool sitters. Who is to say the Veep is not one of them?
Although Pence has been publicly loyal and full of praise for the president, he has been out front with President Trump, supporting him on sticky wicket issues, much more publicly than his predecessors:
Pence’s focus this week has been on trying to push along the GOP’s effort to gut Obamacare, something Trump has sought. Pence tweeted Tuesday, “As @POTUS said, ‘The American people have waited long enough. There’s been enough talk and no action. Now is the time for action.’
He gets around and has performed his job as a buffer between the oft-times prickly Trump and our super-sensitive, uncooperative Congress. But maybe this is the new normal. Only time will tell.
What we do know today is that Pence has raised eyebrows of late. In May, he launched a political fundraising committee, Great America Committee, with former G.W. Bush operative, Jack Oliver, which had never-Trump Republicans salivating. Fostering additional speculation, Pence, like Trump, broke tradition:
Mr. Pence also installed Nick Ayers, a sharp-elbowed political operative, as his new chief of staff last month — a striking departure from vice presidents’ long history of elevating a government veteran to be their top staff member. Mr. Ayers had worked on many campaigns but never in the federal government.
Furthering the grist mill of speculation for our friends in the so-called establishment media, several Republicans have dropped large chunks of chum to entice a carrion feast:
Some in the party’s establishment wing are remarkably open about their wish that Mr. Pence would be the Republican standard-bearer in 2020, Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said.
“For some, it is for ideological reasons, and for others, it is for stylistic reasons,” Mr. Dent said, complaining of the “exhausting” amount of “instability, chaos and dysfunction” surrounding Mr. Trump.
Didn’t someone once say change is not easy? Regardless of the chaos and dysfunction, the work of the people slowly, albeit excruciatingly slow, is being done. And Vice President Pence has stayed by his President’s side, through it all.
Recently, the New York Times promoted their brand of home grown chaos intended to rattle The Donald in an article suggesting Pence is a part of a shadow group priming to oust the president. Pence immediately penned this in response:
“Today’s article in The New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team,” the vice president said in a statement. “The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration.”
He added: “Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”
Take that NYT.
There are more obvious contenders to the throne, who have no shame in attempting to warp their own party’s wishes for the stroking of a large ego. For instance, Governor John Kasich of Ohio is lobbing bombs at Trump and banging the jungle drums to assuage his embarrassment at losing his bid as the presidential nominee. C’mon, John, if we wanted you as our president, Hillary would now be ensconced in the Oval Office. And you probably know that.
Trump will continue his brash, unorthodox and unsettling ways, tucked inside the castle walls, while protesters, naysayers, and contenders from both parties, attempt to reverse the will of the people. From my point of view, I would be surprised if the loyal and stalwart sidekick, Pence, is unmasked as Brutus to Emperor Caesar. But I am just one voting constituent. What do you think?