The Corner

Pence’s Calculation

We are safe in assuming that Mike Pence isn’t sincerely a Trump guy:

So what is he thinking? It seems simple: He just went from having some significant chance of losing his governor’s race to having some significant chance of being the next Vice President. That’s a pretty big swing to the upside. He also must figure that even if Trump loses, he may be ahead of the game for 2020 as a former vice presidential candidate compared even to a sitting governor of Indiana. So it is all upside. This is where he is probably mistaken. Even assuming no debacle while he’s on the ticket, being the #2 on a losing presidential ticket is not a great career enhancer (see Joe Lieberman, for example) and the transparent insincerity of Pence’s Trumpism presumably won’t be helpful to his reputation.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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