Worst damnfool mistake I ever made was letting myself be elected Vice President of the United States. Should have stuck with my old chores as Speaker of the House. I gave up the second most important job in the Government for one that didn’t amount to a hill of beans. I spent eight long years as Mr. Roosevelt’s spare tire. I might still be Speaker if I didn’t let them elect me Vice-President.
John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner
Open thread on the Vice (Yawn!) Presidential debate. This debate features one candidate with truly Catholic moral beliefs, and he is the apostate from Catholicism to Evangelicalism, Mike Pence! Tim Kaine of course had the misfortune as a young man of having his religious beliefs influenced by Jesuits. Just imagine what might have been if he encountered a Catholic religious order! Potential vice presidents debating always remind me of two bald men fighting over a comb. However if Clinton wins Kaine might well have to assume the Presidency once Clinton’s health deteriorates to the point where she can no longer function, unless Bill Clinton pulls an Edith Wilson. Trump seems hale and hearty, but he is seventy and the chance of Pence assuming the Presidency of a President in his seventies is not inconsequential.
At 8:41 PM Central Time Pence is winning going away. Calm, reasoned and oh so effective at staying on message. Kaine acts as if he drank a dozen cups of coffee. Too wired and not effective. I wish Pence was on the top of the ticket. He may serve to reassure voters that he will provide adult supervision in a Trump administration.
At 9:13 PM Pence is still dominating the debate. Pence tonight is gravitas incarnate.
Frank Luntz sums up the reaction of Democrats to Tim Kaine’s performance with this picture:
Note how “Catholic” Tim Kaine at the close of the debate attempted to gain votes on the backs of aborted babies. Truly disgusting.
Mike Pence never has been known as an orator, but he rose to the occasion last night and gave the best speech of his career. He will give the Trump campaign some much needed stability and dignity, and, surprisingly, some good humor. Trump made a good choice.
However, the best Vice Presidential acceptance speech I have ever heard, indeed the best speech I have ever heard at any political convention made by anyone not named Ronald Reagan, was that of Sarah Palin in 2008:
Trump has decided to pick Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Veep:
Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump’s running mate.
IndyStar has confirmed that Trump plans to announce Pence as his selection for vice president, ending a weeks-long vice presidential casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans.
Trump’s national campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said “a decision has not been made.” A formal announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Manhattan.
The long-awaited decision upends the political landscape in Indiana and at least partially remakes the Trump campaign in Pence’s image.
In Pence, Trump has added a social conservative who GOP strategists say will reassure rank-and-file Republicans that Trump can be trusted to pursue their interests. Veteran political observers say Pence, a former U.S. House member and chairman of the House Republican Conference, will provide a disciplined counter to Trump’s improvisational campaign style. Pence also brings fundraising power and credibility on a wide range of policy issues that are important to conservatives.
Pence is set to officially become the vice presidential nominee during the Republican National Convention, which starts July 18 in Cleveland. He could become the first vice president from Indiana since Dan Quayle took office in 1989 under George H.W. Bush. Continue reading
Last week I suggested that Joni Ernst, Senator and hog castrator from Iowa, would make a good Veep for Trump, and yesterday he met with her:
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee spent Sunday with Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, a former congressman with years of political experience.
“Spent time with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and family yesterday,” Trump said Monday morning. “Very impressed, great people!”
Later Trump revealed he’d be spending some time Monday — July 4 — with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a rising party star. Continue reading
Congressman Mike Pence (R.Ind), has been a tireless advocate of driving Worse Than Murder, Inc, a\k\a Planned Parenthood away from the Federal trough. Last week on January 7, he reintroduced his bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Here is his statement:
“It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to promote abortion at home or abroad.
A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has brought out an interesting mystery in regard to the federal funds given to Worse Than Murder, Inc, aka Planned Parenthood:
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation’s largest abortion chain.
Last night all but one, who voted present, of the House Republicans voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment in spite of knowing that its passage made likely the final passage of ObamaCare. Here is a statement of the House Republican Leadership issued last night before either the Stupak amendment or ObamaCare was passed:
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) issued the following statement in support of an amendment offered by Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) that would prohibit federal funding of abortions under the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) health care plan: “We believe in the sanctity of life, and the Stupak-Pitts Amendment addresses a moral issue of the utmost concern. It will limit abortion in the United States. Because of this, while we strongly and deeply oppose the underlying bill, we decided to stand with Life and support Stupak-Pitts.