9-20: Mike Pence, Woe Is He

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

Anonymous Sources

Joan McCarter “reports” the dead enders Mike Pence ran into when he returned to his former place of business, the capitol. She openly admits that everything she has written is hearsay, since journalists were not permitted to attend any of the meetings Pence had with his former colleagues. So let’s share the grain of salt, even though the gist rings true to me. McCarter writes:

An otherwise friendly morning meeting with House Republicans turned awkward when Mr. Pence was pressed by Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska about Mr. Trump’s difficulties with women, said two House Republicans who relayed the conversation. Mr. Fortenberry told Mr. Pence that his young daughter had come to him and said, “Daddy, Donald Trump hates women,” according to one of the lawmakers, who both insisted on anonymity to recount a private conversation.

Fair enough.

“It’s just not true,” Mr. Pence shot back, arguing that Mr. Trump was improving with women, the two House Republicans said.

… with what women?

Mr. Pence faced resistance again when he met privately with Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, neither of whom has endorsed Mr. Trump. Mr. Lee pressed the governor on his reluctance to denounce Mr. Duke and the so-called alt-right movement more explicitly, stressing “that Republicans must identify David Duke’s racism as deplorable,” according to Conn Carroll, a spokesman for Mr. Lee. […]

Why is that so hard?

Mr. Pence was greeted warmly by Senate Republicans when he joined them for a lunch of Chick-fil-A sandwiches, but received a firm rebuke from John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Calling Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, “a thug and a butcher,” Mr. McCain said Mr. Trump’s embrace of the autocratic ruler was unacceptable, according to a Republican official present who also insisted on anonymity.

There was a time when I could have been a McCain supporter. But notwithstanding the paragraph above, he still claims, as he said early on, he will support the Republican nominee, no matter who it is. To me, that’s placing party over country and I simply can’t accept that … from anyone … of any party.

If Pence thought he had a future in politics, he should now be rethinking a return to radio show talk hosting, from whence he came.

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