|I Choose Him! How Will Supporters React?
|Pence Reelection Was Not Guaranteed
One media spokesperson stated that Mike Pence is everything that Donald Trump isn't and by taking Pence on board Trump shows he can work with others and does listen. In some ways the two-party system has evolved into a haves against the have-nots, it often pits those seeking more government and transfers of wealth against those wanting less intervention in our lives. Several years ago a book was written questioning why voters would ever vote Republican. It touted the idea that people were actually voting against their own interest because deep in their minds they held the misguided belief they held a higher place in the economic picture than they really did and might someday be wealthy.
An old friend of mine who passed away a few years back used a catchphrase made popular from an old radio and television comedy, The Life of Riley, to describe events that turned sour, he would say, "what a revolting development," These few words in many ways might sum up the feelings of many voters that are sorely disappointed. The fact that the White House quickly found grounds to praise Trump's selection bodes poorly for Trump. Some questions still exist such as just how important the Vice Presidential slot is to the average voter and whether the Republicans will have a lot of problems justifying and explaining away conflicts between Trump and Pence on issues like free trade.
Most Trump supporters recognized the Donald was flawed, inarticulate, and somewhat lacking, still, the hope existed that his ego would not allow him to fail us or at least give a go at changing our current path. Trump in many ways became the candidate considered as a rejection of mainstream politics, a rejection of Washington as well as the new face of the Republican party, a party accountable to the middle class. Too many of these voters, Trump represented an effort to take back the party from the hard right that has held it hostage for years and hopefully open the tent to moderate voters. The "Make America Great Again" theme has extended beyond debates about whether we are still great and cuts into taking back power from the Washington establishment that many Americans feel has sold us out.
Both Trump and Clinton suffer high unfavorable ratings with voters, a wise choice might have been to choose a likable running mate to neutralize this issue. In an election where many voters are holding their nose as they enter the voting booth or may choose not to vote at all Pence may only exacerbate this problem because of his contentious relationship with women over reproduction rights, young people angered by his stand on marijuana, and recent uproars with the gay community. Expect Pence to galvanize liberals and motivate them to vote Democrat. As a resident of Indiana who remembers Pence campaigning for and endorsing Ted Cruz this only appears a good choice if Trump was actually seeking a mate with higher unfavorable ratings than his.
Trump's choice and how we arrived at this point only highlights the fact our flawed two-party election system is a big part of the problem that creates the gridlock polarizing our nation. In the general election, any third party candidate hell-bent on making a point can easily derail either party by drawing even a few votes thus having a major influence on who is elected. America’s presidential primary system is far from perfect and its flaws are then magnified by the defective and obsolete Electoral College that takes over after the general election. Time will show if Trump has negotiated or cut a good deal by making Pence part of his team. It is not realistic to think we can avoid the future by simply not voting or by throwing our vote away on a non-competitive third party. We are again forced to pick the “lesser of two evils” The ugly choice between a deceitful and dishonest Hillary or a candidate that I will simply refer to as him.
Footnote; The links to other post related to the election can be found below.