20 Jul 2016

Will Mike Pence Be the Real President?

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Pence will run domestic & foreign policy, while Donald naps.

The New York Times supplies another of those leaks indicating that Trump doesn’t really intend to do the job of being president.

One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply. …

Ultimately, Trump chose Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, not Kasich, to be his running mate.

Some years ago, I was Chief Operating Officer of a (much smaller than Trump’s) inherited New York real estate company. My principal, I expect, very much resembled Donald Trump in operating style. He did not care to be actively involved in the business every day. He had management (me) for that. He had every intention of retaining absolute power, but he was normally King Log. Only when questions of credit and compensation came up or when the requirements of the business made unwelcome demands upon him did he turn into King Stork. Most of the time, he simply didn’t want to know about it.

This kind of personally-convenient delegating of responsibility, while retaining ownership, final authority, and –in the end– taking credit for what other people do, is quite typical of the way a New York real estate mogul would run his empire.

One wonders how it will work when applied to running the US Executive Branch. Good luck to Mr. Pence. I can tell you that being the COO in such a regime has a lot of drawbacks.

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I wish Kasich would have taken the job. He did a good job reigning in the deficit when in Congress. I don’t know if Pence has the same skill set– look at Ryan, a policy wonk has done little to nothing while speaker in reducing government spending.

Sounds to me like you’re longing for the style of a Jimmy Carter. It looks like we’re going to get the style of a Ronald Reagan– sans the thoughtful political philosophy which Reagan had worked out over many years.

All Presidents rely on their administration to govern. Yes, the COO gets to do much of the ‘dirty’ work, but it’s still the managers (cabinet) that run the government. Trump’s choices there will determine what kind of government we will have.

I’m not particularly worried about a Trump administration– unlike the current administration the Press will suddenly discover a new zeal for critical scrutiny. Congress will become more combative (at least the democrat side, which will be amplified by the MSM).


Kasich put himself out there for months, and after hundreds of hours in front of thousands of primary voters the consensus was this:

He’s a fucking bore with a bad attitude.

Next argument?


Gotta agree with Briane. With Trump, the MSM will tell us whether his piss is a different color on Tuesday than it was on Monday. Hillary could be loading Ft. Knox into 18-wheelers and it would be “first woman president tackles U.S. economy”.

Doc Wilson

From the NYT it must be so! Vote Hillary?


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