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In 2008, Esquire magazine named him one of the 10 best members of Congress, a forever principled conservative, never a party hack. And a question is whether he might be among the country’s top presidents, this smooth talking, gently paced Mike Pence. It’s possible, at the least, that he could in fact become president, given the Democratic urge to impeach Donald Trump rather than see what the voters want in 2020.

But wait, it’s said, the House may impeach, but getting a required two-thirds vote from a Republican-controlled Senate to evict? It’s impossible. Excuse me, but let’s say instead that it’s highly unlikely but indeed possible. Some 63% of polled Americans have said the Ukrainian phone chat is a “serious problem.” If the public gets sufficiently worried by around-the-clock news sirens and comes to an overriding sense that Trump’s acts are a criminal abuse of power, election-wary, Trump-tired Republican senators could conceivably vote against him.

Thereby Pence could rise. And listen, he does not write semi-literate, misspelled tweets that bypass real issues to address petty matters with thoughtless insults. He is not vulgar and does not contradict himself in the same sentence. Before his vice presidential adventure, he spent a dozen years as a congressman observing D.C.’s twists, turns and somersaults and knows something about how the place works.

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He knows issues, how to negotiate and, how to manage, as he showed as governor of Indiana. He does not go to dinner alone with any woman except his wife, and is safe from #MeToo retaliation, a real blessing these days. At one point a radio talk show host as well as a lawyer, he is articulate and a first-class debater, as he demonstrated during the 2016 election campaign. He took on Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s VP running mate advertised as solid, and broke him up into little pieces sprinkled on a national TV audience.

Pence is also a good public speaker, but the contrast between him and Trump is a silver haired gentleman vs. a golden haired rock ‘n’ roll star: Arousing thousands to uninhibited enthusiasm is not a charismatic talent he enjoys.

But then we come to Trumpian policies he supports, such as freeing businesses of crushing taxes and pointless regulations so that we have had the highest wage increases and the lowest unemployment in decades along with a reduced poverty rate. Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation points out in a Wall Street Journal article that the median wage has hit $65,084 in today’s dollars, the highest ever, which means the middle class is doing amazingly well however much one hates corporations that helped the cause.

The Democratic presidential candidates meanwhile want to incarcerate everyone in a socialistic state, costing a fortune, wrecking the economy and taking away freedom. The moderate columnist David Brooks summed up the party these days as somewhere “to the left of Che Guevara.” While Pence could fight this effectively, he could have trouble with his idea that there’s a third entity besides a woman and her doctor in abortions, namely a fetus with a right life. He has been hit for his stands on gay and immigration issues.

While the Esquire congressional evaluation is obviously not a definitive judgment, Pence is an able politician who could handle the presidency. He might have voter appeal the Democrats never dreamed of, especially if we continue to learn, for instance, about bumbles in the Trump investigation. Of course, Trump is most likely to stay in office after the curtain comes down on the impeachment drama and it just could be the Democrats lose either way.

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Tribune News Service columnist Jay Ambrose can be reached at speaktojay@aol.com.

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bolake

About 100 Million people (43%) didn't vote in 2016 election. Too lazy is my guess. Perhaps you should “Tar and Feather” them before you go after people that have a different opinion then yours. I believe you projected numbers are wrong. You forgot to consider what will happen after the Barr and Durham investigation is completed and we see who is at the root of corruption in our government.

Hive

39% = 63,000,000? Really? Would say the figure will drop precipitously shortly, if not already, only thing changes is feathers needed.

Hive

The lede is (actually) quite amusing. Pence? Please! He is one of "them" and has really no more interest in Trump as anyone, cept himself.

bolake

Hive - Your opinion means squat. You seriously want to tar and feather 63 Million Americans? Well I think we should tar and feather anyone that doesn’t vote for Trump. Deal with it.

Hive

Republicans, anyone, backing POTUS, needs public tar-and-feathering, IMHO.

jdinfinity

True Hive. At least you can see Dump's evil idiocy out in the open. Who knows what diabolical things Pence does in the back corner.

And then you have idiots on the right that cheer him and man baby on like it's something to be proud of when nothing could be farther from the truth, nor stupider and more ignorant...

Hive

JD, Pence fooled Indianans once.

I think he and his cohort "hover" behind the throne like history's many Shakespearean Iago/Roderigo-type creeps.

At least with Dumpity we can see (too often) what he thinks...unlike most pols, especially hypocrite sneaks like Pence and spouse.

bolake

Maybe that’s why he picked him as VP..

jdinfinity

LOL. Exactly Hive.

The more despicable Cheney type VP is standing right behind the baby man child idiot to take over.

Hive

Doomed!

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