Opinion: Pence deserves our respect. But will he get our votes?
But the question is whether Pence’s style and political circumstances will allow him to flourish in the upcoming GOP primary.
Current polls among non-Trump candidates show Pence trailing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose knack for finding all the right enemies (a vital attribute in GOP politics these days) has put him at the top of the list. listing. In fact, recent polls in Michigan and New Hampshire show DeSantis tied with Trump, even as he trails the former president nationally.
If Trump had done nothing at all after losing and just headed to the golf course, he would have already chosen his next cabinet. Instead, he broke his oath of office and nearly plunged the country into crisis on January 6. (Thank goodness for Pence’s resolve.) If Trump had gone into hiding after losing, he would currently have a 20-point lead over Biden. Instead, the country is asking both sides to nominate someone – anyone! — other than these two types.
I doubt he’s a top contender for the 2024 nomination, but that’s what campaigns are for. Who knows? Perhaps boredom, stability and determination will be back in fashion in the next election.