Dear Mr. VP,
I make it a general rule to avoid Fox News, for reasons outlined in the picture below:
(i.e. opinions articles titled “Tucker Carlson: Not every accuser tells the truth — I should know”, “Demonizing white people doesn’t improve race relations”, and “Thank you, Mr. Trump for bringing Merry Christmas back to the White House”. Please excuse me, I need to go vomit, and then I will return to writing.)
But today…how could I skip an article entitled “Why Mike Pence is the most important man in America“? I couldn’t.
Now, I don’t totally disagree with the suggestion of the title. I do think you’re a particularly important man in America right now, as evidenced by the fact that I take time of my day, every day, to write to you. I decided early on that I was writing to you instead of your boss, because I think you’re the one driving policy and agenda. You couldn’t get elected at the top of the ticket, though. For one thing, you lack Trump’s dynamism. For another, the social and religious conservatism that is at your very core would be too much — you’d never make it through a primary. (Look at Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Alan Keyes.)
Unfortunately Arthur Herman has chosen a different tack, which does not acknowledge you as the policy driver, but instead poses you as a Christ-figure, hands outstretched, beatifically pulling grateful survivors from the political wreckage of a soon-to-be-Gilead.
…the fact remains that Trump needs to make full use of this unique resource sitting in the vice presidential mansion. The election of Donald Trump was a political earthquake. What we all need now is someone who can sift through the rubble, give comfort to the survivors, but also prepare the way for reconstruction on new more solid foundations. Not many of us have a destiny; Mike Pence may be one who does.
Like, really. If I survive the Trump 2017, you’re not getting anywhere near me with your comfort. Please, let’s stop pretending you’re some sort of reasonable bridge-mender who will lead us out of the darkness and into the light of the new republic. The only place you’re leading us is straight off the cliff into theocracy.