Mr. Trump has picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate to the disappointment of many who thought Newt Gingrich was in. That bunch includes me, as I thought “The Donald” was in “attack dog” mode — do or die. It would seem only consistent to bring on Newt and go to the ramparts with broken Bourbon bottles in hand to do battle with the liberals. Newt’s mind and mouth are the Gatling gun of contemporary politics. To many of us, it was to be a political nuptial made in our little right wing of Heaven, but it was not to be…
This signals a far more profound decision than we observers have dared to imagine, and it likely shows the depth to which Mr. Trump has perfected the executive function. Never forget that when Barack Obama convenes a panel he has no doubt that he is the smartest man in the room. After all, David Brooks of the New York Times wrote, “…I knew when I saw the sharp crease in his pants that he would be a great President. I have never seen such a sharp crease.” From his observation at a George Will dinner, David Brooks told us the millennium was on the horizon! The sun was rising on a new America! David really knows how to get to the nitty-gritty, but eats it more often than not.
Mr. Trump is the other side of the “smart” coin. He knows when he sits at a table of experts he has convened he is not above all their crafts, skills, education and capacities. He is there to listen, learn, pick out the sincere, capable voices, best ideas and have them decide on the facts and principles. That is the art of the deal.
Governor Pence is a lawyer and a man long-time-tall-in-saddle for politics. He has had the full course, experience, success, failures and wears it all well. There are no known skeletons in the Pence closet, back yard or records. He is your classic vanilla conservative that drives “liberal” dirt-digger, scandal mongers nuts. They cannot even come with a “…he turpentined his teacher’s cat in fifth grade…” story. He is squeaky clean! (Gasp!)
To make things even worse, Mike Pence has been a conservative talk radio show host, so give him a microphone and duck bullets. There is nothing like that experience to teach you how to tap dance, juggle on your feet while singing “Dixie,” as you are not only doing the show, but running the board, punching up spots, minding the clock, switching on-and-off top and bottom of the hour national news feeds. Guarantee you Mr. Pence can think on his feet. Doing a talk radio show in a small station is training like that in the Plaza de Toros in Madrid, Spain. Been there, done that, got the bruises.
Mike headed the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative think tank political action organization that drove middle western liberals nuts for several years and caromed into Congress in 2001. After five relatively successful years he challenged John Boehner for the Speakership and lost, but that he was at a level to make such a challenge says he was a mover and shaker in a short time.
Mr. Pence has been against both Planned Parenthood and the LGBT movement as he accepts the “right to life” principle, as well as the 93 year long conclusion of the American Association of Psychiatry, AAP, that homosexuality is a treatable mental illness. Ironically, Ruth “Buzzy,” as known to friends, Ginsberg was the Chief Counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, notified the AAP that if they did not change that conclusion she would, “…sue you out of existence!” Buzzy never apologized for that one, so here we are today with a new shock question: “What are you going to see if you are a lady and have to pee?” Practice your giggle. That is your best weapon.
The one issue we are all going to hear a lot about relative to Mr. Spence will be his defense of tobacco. He claimed the evidence blaming it for lung cancer was invalid! Of course liberals are going to beat him over the head with this, but Mike is right!
Tobacco fails the Koch Protocol, which is a law in medical science. And, we hasten to add, “medical science” is different from “medical practice.” When you go to a doctor, he is not using science on your symptoms. He is applying medical practice: That which is known to be fact. Science is for experimenters. Physicians are trained not to experiment, but do it the AMA way.
Tobacco is not conclusively the cause on lung cancer as it is not present in every case of the disease, and the disease is not present in every case where tobacco is used. That is the Koch Protocol. Some people smoke tobacco all their lives and never get lung cancer. Nonetheless, most of us believe smoking tobacco is unwise. The truth of the matter is that putting any smoke into your lungs is dangerous and may cause cancer or any one of several diseases.
Mike Pence was right in his stance on tobacco, showing something very important that no one should miss and Mr. Trump apparently wisely saw: He has a more complete mind and dedication to principle that the great majority of politicians. Liberal critics will pound him on this seeming weakness, but only further expose their ignorance. We live in the interesting time of the Pence decision.