Profiling Pence.

By college, Pence had slimmed down and developed something akin to swagger. The yearbooks from his time at Hanover College, in southern Indiana, depict him as a popular, square-jawed hunk. (Hanover College).

No man can serve two masters, the Bible teaches, but Mike Pence is giving it his all. It’s a sweltering September afternoon in Anderson, Indiana, and the vice president has returned to his home state to deliver the Good News of the Republicans’ recently unveiled tax plan. The visit is a big deal for Anderson, a fading manufacturing hub about 20 miles outside Muncie that hasn’t hosted a sitting president or vice president in 65 years—a fact noted by several warm-up speakers. To mark this historic civic occasion, the cavernous factory where the event is being held has been transformed. Idle machinery has been shoved to the perimeter to make room for risers and cameras and a gargantuan American flag, which—along with bleachers full of constituents carefully selected for their ethnic diversity and ability to stay awake during speeches about tax policy—will serve as the TV-ready backdrop for Pence’s remarks.

When the time comes, Pence takes the stage and greets the crowd with a booming “Hellooooo, Indiana!” He says he has “just hung up the phone” with Donald Trump and that the president asked him to “say hello.”

The Atlantic has an in-depth look at Mike Pence, and what drives him. He seems to have a whole lot of not-so-humble ambition inside all the evangelical coating, which, while thick enough, doesn’t stop Pence from being a primary Trump apologist, or supporting all those who are certainly not in the good ethics/morals camp.  It makes for interesting reading.


  1. fusilier says

    One reason Pence jumped at the chance to run as VP -- besides his naked ambition -- is that he was losing his bid for re-election as Governor. John Gregg ran in 2012 and 2016 on the simple platform of “I’m Not Mike Pence.” He came within 3 points the first time, and was _leading_ the second time around.

    DAMN few people in Indiana like Pence, except for the RWNJ contingent. Unfortunately, we have a loud RWNJ contingent.

    fusilier, in Indianapolis

    James 2:24

  2. says

    Yep, that’s mentioned in the article, that he was on a downward spiral as far as his career went, and thoroughly despised by most of his constituents.

    Unfortunately, there are loud contingents of RWNJs everywhere.

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