George Will, who is a fervent #NeverTrump conservative columnist wrote a blistering piece about Mike Pence. Some of the highlights of the op-ed…
Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s lickspittle Republican Party, he clarifies this year’s elections: Vote Republican to ratify groveling as governing.
Noting that Arpaio was in his Tempe audience, Pence, oozing unctuousness from every pore, called Arpaio “another favorite,” professed himself “honored” by Arpaio’s presence, and praised him as “a tireless champion of . . . the rule of law.” Arpaio, a grandstanding, camera-chasing bully and darling of the thuggish right, is also a criminal, convicted of contempt of court for ignoring a federal judge’s order to desist from certain illegal law enforcement practices. Pence’s performance occurred eight miles from the home of Sen. John McCain, who could teach Pence — or perhaps not — something about honor.
There will be negligible legislating by the next Congress, so ballots cast this November will be most important as validations or repudiations of the harmonizing voices of Trump, Pence, Arpaio and the like. Trump is what he is, a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic. Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying.
Will touches on some interesting concepts here. Not least of which being that Pence has become something entirely different from what he was once heralded as. Coupled with the notion that the Republican-led Congress will achieve nothing of consequence in 2018, we are left with the reality that the party is becoming not a conservative or principled party who can govern in a conservative vein. Rather, they are merely becoming a party that must get down on its knees at all times, and grovel at the feet of its dear leader.
What a shame to see how far the GOP has fallen.
So, what is your take on Will’s piece here?