Opinion Dear Vice President Pence: It's time to take a stand

18:52  17 may  2017
18:52  17 may  2017 Source:   MSN

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Dear Vice President Pence , I hope you’re holding up under the strain. Either way, is this really what you had in mind when you took the job? I wouldn’t dare appeal to you as a man of devout Christian faith; that’ s not my job.

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Dear Vice President Pence,

I hope you're holding up under the strain.

I hope you don't mind me writing to you like this, but as one of those conservatives who was somewhat reassured by Donald Trump's decision to put you on the ticket, I feel compelled to ask: What's the endgame here?

Dear Vice President Pence: It's time to take a stand

  Dear Vice President Pence: It's time to take a stand I hope you're holding up under the strain. I hope you don't mind me writing to you like this, but as one of those conservatives who was somewhat reassured by Donald Trump's decision to put you on the ticket, I feel compelled to ask: What's the endgame here?Load Error

Dear Vice President Pence : It ' s Time to Take a Stand . The Left pounced on this as a sign of perjury. It ’ s not. Sessions told the truth, even The Washington Post admitted that Democrats were overreaching on this one.

It is clear by now what kind of man Donald Trump is. But the question on the mind of a lot of people today is, “What kind of man is Mike Pence ?”. As Trump’ s vice presidential running mate, Pence is the one holding the rug in place that Trump is standing on.

Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the president's first national security adviser, was reportedly fired for misleading you about his conversations with the Russians. But last week, you were apparently misled about the president's reasons for firing the FBI director.

Four times you said James Comey was terminated on the recommendation of the deputy attorney general, who criticized how Comey handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation during last year's campaign. Then the president told NBC's Lester Holt that the recommendation had nothing to do with it. It was all about the Russia investigation.

Maybe you weren't misled. Maybe you were part of the deception. But I'd like to think that's not the case.

Either way, is this really what you had in mind when you took the job?

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Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence at a news conference with GOP leaders after a meeting of the House Republican Conference. “The time has come to take our stand ,” Pence said then.

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I wouldn't dare appeal to you as a man of devout Christian faith; that's not my job. (It's also particularly awkward for a guy named Goldberg.) Nor do I see much point in blathering on about patriotism. I know you're a patriot with an abiding love for your country.

So let's talk about your ambition.

Ambition is not necessarily a dirty word. The founders thought that ambition more than almost anything else would preserve our system of checks and balances and safeguard our liberty.

I have to assume you accepted your position at least partly for the same reason many of your predecessors did: to get you closer to the top job.

The best way for you to be elected president is for Trump to have a successful presidency while maintaining your own credibility as a successor. That's easier said than done. There's a reason only two VPs (Martin Van Buren and George H.W. Bush) have been elected straight to the Oval Office since the passage of the 12th Amendment in 1804. You need the 2024 election to be a referendum on the Trump presidency, with a majority of voters wanting to stay the course.

Source: Pence Never Informed About Flynn

  Source: Pence Never Informed About Flynn Vice President Mike Pence is launching his own leadership PAC, "Great America Committee," to aid his own future political interests.The White House has denied a story in The New York Times that Flynn informed White House Counsel Don McGahn, then the lawyer for Trump's transition, on January 4 that he was under federal investigation for working as a lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign.

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Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Dear Vice President Pence : It ' s time to take a stand . Tribune Content Agency 49 mins ago Jonah Goldberg. © John Locher/AP Photo Republican vice - presidential nominee Gov.

It's early yet, but may I ask: How's that going? I'm not privy to what's happening behind the scenes, but from where I'm sitting, it doesn't look like it's going too well.

The Comey fiasco doesn't help the president, and your apparent willingness to abet his misbehavior doesn't help you. The latest firestorm over allegations the president revealed classified information to the Russians is still raging and many questions remain, but the controversy certainly underscores concerns about the president's ad hoc approach to the job.

I understand that the vice presidency is an awkward position under the best of circumstances. It's a bit like the Newark Airport of constitutional offices, mostly famous for the bad things people say about it. John Nance Garner, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first vice president, said it wasn't "worth a warm bucket of," well, historians debate which bodily byproduct he mentioned. Harry S. Truman, FDR's third vice president, said the office was "about as useful as a cow's fifth teat."

If that was once true, it isn't any longer. As you like to say, Trump threw away the old playbook. You have a role to play beyond acting like a campaign flunky, praising the president at every turn as a man of action displaying his "broad-shouldered leadership."

Source: Pence Never Informed About Flynn

  Source: Pence Never Informed About Flynn Vice President Mike Pence is launching his own leadership PAC, "Great America Committee," to aid his own future political interests.The White House has denied a story in The New York Times that Flynn informed White House Counsel Don McGahn, then the lawyer for Trump's transition, on January 4 that he was under federal investigation for working as a lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign.

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There's room to do more on your own shoulders.

Much of the president's power is derived from what Teddy Roosevelt called the "bully pulpit," or what legendary political scientist Richard Neustadt called the "power to persuade." In today's media landscape, you have an especially potent bully pulpit, because you're the one person the president cannot fire.

I don't think you should resign in response to the president hanging you out to dry in the Comey affair, but threatening to do so if he plays you for a patsy again might -- just might -- help the president get his act together, which would be good for you, the party and the country. You are also the tiebreaker in the Senate, which means something given the GOP's precariously thin majority.

The president claims to value loyalty, but we know he respects strength. For your sake and the country, maybe it's time to show some.

  Dear Vice President Pence: It's time to take a stand © Provided by Tribune Content Agency (Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor of National Review. You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at goldbergcolumn@gmail.com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO.)

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