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Mike Pence should distance himself from the President

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Mike Pence should distance himself from the President

There’s an ever-so-small portion in the back of my brain that’s actually pleased to see many of the things I expected actually coming to pass. It’s natural to feel a sense of vindication when the things one predicts come true, even if those things are bad. What’s happening in the White House today was easily predictable based on literally every endeavor Donald Trump has done in his life, so it’s not as if these predictions were astounding.

Nevertheless, so few listened when it was possible to put in a better GOP nominee. I’ve since left the Republican Party and I can’t imagine a situation in which that will change.

I vividly remember the day that Senator Jeff Sessions abandoned his friend and colleague, Ted Cruz, to support candidate Trump. It was more than a betrayal. I was dumbfounded. I remember telling a friend Sessions would regret the decision quickly, especially if he lands in the White House.

He did land in the White House and the President made him regret his support almost immediately. But Sessions is a trooper and carried on for a while despite the attacks. Now, it seems that the President has gone too far:

Jeff Sessions finally punches back at Donald Trump — hard

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/23/politics/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-attorney-general/index.html“I took control of the Department of Justice the day I was sworn in, which is why we have had unprecedented success at effectuating the President’s agenda — one that protects the safety and security and rights of the American people, reduces violent crime, enforces our immigration laws, promotes economic growth, and advances religious liberty.

While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action. However, no nation has a more talented, more dedicated group of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors than the United States.

I am proud to serve with them and proud of the work we have done in successfully advancing the rule of law.”

Sessions wasn’t the first supporter to feel the President’s sting and he won’t be the last. The list of “allies” being forced to turn on the President are mounting with Sessions and Michael Cohen posing the biggest problems. Omarosa, Paul Manafort, Rex Tillerson… against any other President these people might be problems but they are barely on the radar with Trump.

So, who’s next to abandon ship? Whether it’s my heart or some scheming part of my mind that makes me think this, I imagine the next high profile ally to start distancing himself from the President will be Vice President Mike Pence.

At this point, it makes sense for him to be the good guy in the administration. He’s been relatively unscathed. His support has always focused on the President’s agenda, many parts of which are actually pretty good. He hasn’t made excuses for the President’s poor demeanor or inability to get out of campaign mode. Instead, he’s been a solid proponent of mostly conservative principles.

Now, it’s time for him to start making his break. That doesn’t mean he has to betray the President, but he has to start preparing for two possibilities for Trump: impeachment and not running again in 2020.

It’s going to be hard. He has to be the heir apparent while not being the heir of all the baggage. While Pence isn’t the stout conservative many like to categorize him as, he’s a conservative nonetheless and must start focusing only on the conservative policies the President puts forth. All the rest, he must avoid.

No tariffs. No stifling the free press. Nothing with Ivanka Trump’s name attached to it. Just conservative policies.

Now is the time for Pence to establish himself as a separate entity from the President. It’s okay to support conservative initiatives, but he throw himself into the fray of bickering over Trump’s values or defending the many Democratic principles the President espouses.

If he can be with the President without being attached to him, he has a chance to recover if/when the President falls. Whether by his own incompetence, through his former allies’ revelations, by the hand of their enemies, or a combination of the three, the chances of Trump continuing to lead the Republican party beyond 2020 are being chopped away daily.

Here’s the important thing to understand. Vice President Pence can continue to faithfully do his job while simultaneously distancing himself from the President. His limited powers do not require him to participate in much. If anything, he’s in a perfect position to carry the conservative flag without being cross with the President at all. He simply needs to be selective which what he involves himself with.

As I stated before, I’m no fan of the Republican party as it currently exists. I’m not a huge fan of Mike Pence, but I’m a major opponent to the progressive movement that will continue to rise of Pence or someone doesn’t do something quickly.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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