When Trump gave his acceptance speech, in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, he vowed to serve “the forgotten men and women of our country,” and promised to “rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, and hospitals.” Upstairs, in a room reserved for Party élites, several of the richest and most conservative donors, all of whom support drastic reductions in government spending, were celebrating. “If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers—period. Bannon is equally alarmed at the prospect of a Pence Presidency.
Doug Deason, a Texas businessman and a political donor, recalled to me, “It was amazing. He told me, “I’m concerned he’d be a President that the Kochs would own.”, the local newspaper, told me, “Mike Pence wanted to be President practically since he popped out of the womb.” Pence exudes a low-key humility, but, Mc Cawley told me, “he’s very ambitious, even calculating, about the steps he’ll take toward that goal.”Mc Cawley, who died, of cancer, in September, knew the Pence family well, in part because the Vice-President’s mother, Nancy Pence Fritsch, wrote a chatty column for the newspaper for several years (“”).
“Religion is the most important thing in our lives,” she said. I don’t proselytize.”Pence’s maternal grandfather was from Ireland, but his paternal grandfather, Edward Joseph Pence, Sr., came from a German family.
Brief mentions of Edward in the press have described him as having worked in the Chicago stockyards, leaving the impression that he was poor.
The more Trump is mired in scandal, the more likely Pence’s elevation to the Oval Office becomes, unless he ends up legally entangled as well.
Pence’s odds of becoming President are long but not prohibitive.
Coulter tweeted, “At this point, who want Trump impeached?
After Lyndon Johnson decided to join the ticket with John F.
Kennedy, he calculated his odds of ascension to be approximately one in four, and is said to have told Clare Boothe Luce, “I’m a gambling man, darling, and this is the only chance I’ve got.”If the job is a gamble for Pence, he himself is something of a gamble for the country.
During the tumultuous 2016 Presidential campaign, relatively little attention was paid to how Pence was chosen, or to his political record.
Gingrich went on, “Others have some influence, such as Jared Kushner and Gary Cohn. Pence, who declined requests for an interview, is also one of the few with whom Trump hasn’t overtly feuded.
“The President considers him one of his best decisions,” Tony Fabrizio, a pollster for Trump, told me. “You end up with an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting,” the former White House strategist Stephen Bannon joked, comparing them to Dean Martin, the bad boy of the Rat Pack, and “the dad on ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ ”Trump and Pence are misaligned politically, too.
And, with all the infighting in the new Administration, few have focussed on Pence’s power within the White House.