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By Anthony Pittman


Mike Pence should have been wearing one of those classic tightrope costumes while holding a long pole for balance when he joined Dana Bash for a CNN town hall recently in Iowa.  As if to honor the Flying Wallendas, Pence walked a tightrope the entire night and tip-toed over questions concerning his former boss and the law.  Unlike the Wallendas, nothing was entertaining about his performance on the stage. 

Once again, Mike Pence, who is campaigning to be the GOP’s 2024 nomination for president, proved he can’t help himself when it comes to Donald Trump.  He wants to talk tough but leave the former president with an escape route from justice.

When asked about whether President Trump’s 37 counts in a federal indictment should move forward, the former vice president said, “Well, I hope not.  I hope the DOJ thinks better of this and resolves these issues without an indictment.”

Pence’s thoughts on the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s possible mishandling of classified documents once again proved his talk is cheap.

Pence said he does not know the facts surrounding the case but believes the country has to have equal treatment for all under the law.

Said Pence, “I would just hope there would be a way for them to move forward without the dramatic and drastic and divisive step of indicting a former president of the United States.  We have to find a way to move our country forward and restore confidence in equal treatment under the law in the country.”

That does not sound like “equal treatment under the law” to me.

It was just two years ago when Pence showed signs of having a spine when he ignored Trump’s demand for his vice president to be a part of overturning the presidential election.  Now this.  Back to your old ways Mike Pence.

Mike Pence has no chance of winning his party’s nomination.  If Trump somehow bows out of the race, which is doubtful, Pence’s odds to win the Republican Party would still be laughable.  If Trump stays in the race, the odds will look like the infinite Pi number.

What Pence displayed during his town hall had to be disappointing to his followers.  With his former boss losing some of his grip on the GOP, yet still the front-runner for the nomination, now is not the time to waffle like a Denny’s breakfast special.  But Mike Pence can’t help himself.  He lost his spine even before he agreed to be Donald Trump’s running mate and personal valet.

Now Pence will pay the price by being “just another guy” during the primary season.

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What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

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