On September 14th, the right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, who last year published a book titled “In Trump We Trust,” expressed what a growing number of Americans, including conservatives, have been feeling since the 2016 election.The previous day, President Trump had dined with Democratic leaders at the White House, and had impetuously agreed to a major policy reversal, granting provisional residency to undocumented immigrants who came to America as children. Within hours, Trump disavowed the deal, then reaffirmed it.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.
And, with all the infighting in the new Administration, few have focussed on Pence’s power within the White House.
Newt Gingrich told me recently that the three people with the most policy influence in the Administration are Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Pence. He’s in the national-security briefings.” Moreover, and crucially, Pence is the only official in the White House who can’t be fired.
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.