September 20, 2010, - 2:31 pm
As you may be aware, Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence trounced so-called conservatives like Sarah Palin in a Presidential straw poll at the Value Voter conference, over the weekend. While that doesn’t mean he has a shot at getting the Republican nomination (these straw polls are usually meaningless), it’s something. And it’s heartening for people like me who don’t see any other real conservatives in the mix for 2012 who excite us. I like Pence, and he is someone I’d happily support.
Mike Pence is principled, unlike so many on the right who went along with most of the bloated Bush program for eight years. He led the unsuccessful opposition to Bush’s elephantine Medicare bill, which cost us trillions. Pence doesn’t come off as a phony, but, rather, as a down-the-line social and fiscal conservative, as well as saying the right things on foreign policy, including on Israel.
And, unlike Palinmessiah, he actually can utter a complete sentence, several of them in a row, and knows what he’s talking about without hiring a gazillion foreign and domestic policy consultants to tell him what’s going on in the country and the world (Palin spent most of her hundreds of thousands of dollars from SarahPAC for that, and spent the remainder mostly on nutcase, Gitmo-opponent, and Iran-fan Rand Paul).
Mike Pence has a lot going for him. He’s articulate, smart, consistently conservative, and he doesn’t have a tabloid family gracing magazine covers and “Dancing with the Stars” (for such “starry” feats as having enough sex to become a glorified teen single mother). And Pence understands the dangers of Islam and jihad, while recognizing who our real friends and enemies are overseas.
The drawback for Pence is that he’s “just” a Congressman, and few of those have ever succeeded in becoming President, especially in modern times. Usually, Governors or U. S. Senators have a better shot of becoming President. Statistically, Congressmen do not. But everything is changing in politics, at least right now, I hope Mike Pence defies the odds against Members of Congress reaching the White House.
What is your reaction to Mike Pence as a Republican candidate for President? Would you support him over the other “choices”? Why or why not? If not, who are you supporting and why (even you Palinmessiah followers are free to post why you support the quitter Half-Governor of Alaska)?
Tags: 2012, congressman, GOP, Indiana, Mike Pence, Presidential candidates, Republican, Values Voter straw poll