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Dickinson writes: "A colorless politician with executive experience, Pence may offer ballast to the Trump ticket. But he clearly does not offer balance. On many of the most important issues of our time, Pence is a hard-line right-winger."

Trump's VP pick Indiana governor Mike Pence. (photo: Michael Conroy/AP)
Trump's VP pick Indiana governor Mike Pence. (photo: Michael Conroy/AP)


4 Reasons Mike Pence Is the Absolute Worst

By Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone

15 July 16

 

Trump's potential VP pick may offer ballast to his ticket, but he clearly does not offer balance

onald Trump is likely to name Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a former Congressman, as his running mate Friday, according to the Indianapolis Star (though Trump could still surprise us and go with Newt Gingrich or Chris Christie).

A colorless politician with executive experience, Pence may offer ballast to the Trump ticket. But he clearly does not offer balance. On many of the most important issues of our time, Pence is a hard-line right-winger.

Here's why Mike Pence is a threat to progressives everywhere.

1. He signed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
In April, Gov. Pence signed into law a bill that forbids abortion on the basis of fetal chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome, among other factors. The law further bans fetal-tissue donation — requiring any aborted or miscarried fetus to be cremated or buried. And it placed onerous restrictions on abortion providers nearly identical to those that the Supreme Court recently found unconstitutional in Texas.

2. He signed a bill that made it OK for Indiana businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers.
In 2015, Pence signed a "religious freedom" law, whose sweeping language permitted Indiana businesses to refuse to serve LGBT Americans, much like Southern businesses used to discriminate against African-Americans during the days of segregation. 

Backlash against the law was swift and intense. Pence was forced to quickly sign a bill amending the legislation, which the governor claimed had been subject to "mischaracterizations."

3. He blocked the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana — and illegally tried to cut off federal aid to existing refugees.
In the wake of the massacre in Paris last fall, Pence issued an executive order to block the resettlement of Syrian war refugees in Indiana. Not content to keep new war widows and orphans out of the state, Pence upped the xenophobic ante by also trying to cut off federal aid to those already in the state. A federal judge blocked Pence's action, writing that the governor's order "clearly constitutes national origin discrimination" and "in no way directly, or even indirectly, promotes the safety of Indiana citizens."

4. He's an unreconstructed drug warrior.
At a time when lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are tackling the nation's drug problems with less focus on incarceration, Pence signed a bill to reinstating a mandatory minimum drug sentence. Many drug users sell drugs on the side to support their addictions. Thanks to Pence, any Indiana resident convicted twice for selling meth or heroin is now sentence to a full decade in prison. Expressing his pleasure at signing a law stripping judges of discretion in drug sentencing, Pence declared, "We need to make it clear that Indiana will not tolerate the actions of criminals."


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+65 # guomashi 2016-07-15 12:13
5. He could become president if Trump tires of his political-reali ty-game-show and resigns, which he as already hinted he might do.

After all, what's in it for Trump once he wins and gets the lifetime pension?

The only strategy available to progressives is to elect a democrat senate. The house is very unlikely to go democrat and will hold back Hillary, a democrat senate would hold back Trump/Pence. The result would be time for the progressive movement to get on track for the next election cycle.
 
 
-64 # Anonymot 2016-07-15 17:20
Four years of Clinton's controllers and there may not be a next election cycle. Read up on our General Breedlove's most recent pronouncements.
 
 
+37 # MainStreetMentor 2016-07-15 20:28
Pence was probably picked in an attempt to appease the extreme right end of the hardcore right wingers of the GOP hierarchy – who believe Rump is too liberal in his non-existent platform. Rump is trying to state, with this pick, that he is stepping up to a position of mere inferiority, instead of his previous position of total disaster within the GOP powers-that-be opinion.
 
 
+3 # kgrad 2016-07-16 08:44
Quoting Anonymot:
Four years of Clinton's controllers and there may not be a next election cycle. Read up on our General Breedlove's most recent pronouncements.


Are you competing for the most down votes ever?
 
 
+23 # AndreM5 2016-07-15 18:41
How about a "Democratic" Senate? Sheesh, you sound exactly like the Turtle.
 
 
+31 # jsluka 2016-07-15 19:48
He could also become president if Trump has a "nervous breakdown", which I think is pretty likely. Its one thing to talk the talk, and another thing entirely to walk the walk. If Trump were to actually get elected and have to try the latter, I think there's a good chance he would implode or break-down from the stress.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2016-07-21 13:13
"democrat" senate??? You sound like Karl Rove and his minions. It's not that I don't agree with you, but no self-respecting Democrat would use the noun as a substitute for the long-used (75 years?) adjective -- Democratic. Only those making fun of Democrats use the hayseed-soundin g "democrat" party/senate/ president etc. encouraged by Karl Rove.
 
 
-35 # RMDC 2016-07-15 12:23
These 5 negatives are not really scary. His anti lgbt bill flopped. I don't know much about Spence. He seems like a Dan Quayle VP, without Quayle's money.

The worst thing is that he is totally uninspiring. But who cares. Trump will be a do nothing president if elected. Hillary is awful too. Right now it is about waiting and working for 2020.
 
 
+51 # DD1946 2016-07-15 17:15
He has wreaked havoc on Indiana as governor and I'm sure he did as senator as well.
 
 
-42 # MidwestTom 2016-07-15 20:08
"Wreaked Havic" please define. Indiana is considered one of the three strongest states financially as witnessed by their giving of grants to small towns in the state to rebuild their downtowns and their large and growing rainy day fund. Their roads are being repaired, they have some of the fanciest school buildings in the country, the unemployment rate in Indiana is lower than any of it's neighboring states. What do you not like?
 
 
+53 # rocback 2016-07-15 22:28
Pence cut corporate taxes by 20%, cut the income tax by 5% (he wanted a 10% cut) and eliminated the inheritance tax completely while reducing social programs, like making poor people pay premiums for their Medicaid and fought Katrina relief funding 9when in congress).

While the unemployment rate is lower the wages dropped below the national average. There is a reason he wants to run because he will likely lose in his reelection bid with an approval rating in the low 40's. He is a big tea party guy and is so far up the Koch Bros ass he can't see the sun.

He is an evangelical and rabidly anti-choice who wants no exceptions for abortion and pushed hard to defund Planned Parenthood.

He opposed setting a withdrawal date from Iraq. He still supports the invasion of Iraq even now, supported the surge and traveled with McCain to Iraq claiming the invasion was successful (while he was there 61 people were killed in a bombing). He supported every trade deal calling for swift passage of the TPP.

He is anti-homosexual and says gays should not serve in the military and opposed funding for Aids research and said the money should instead be used for conversion therapy. He is as right wing as you can get.
 
 
+12 # Jim Rocket 2016-07-16 00:31
Impressive post, roc. I knew you could do it.
 
 
+34 # guomashi 2016-07-15 18:45
Quoting RMDC:
These 5 negatives are not really scary. His anti lgbt bill flopped. I don't know much about Spence. He seems like a Dan Quayle VP, without Quayle's money.

The worst thing is that he is totally uninspiring. But who cares. Trump will be a do nothing president if elected. Hillary is awful too. Right now it is about waiting and working for 2020.

What bothers me is that Republicans like him and would work with him, unlike Trump.
 
 
+86 # Doc Mary 2016-07-15 17:11
I seem to recall someone saying that Trump likes to surround himself with stupid people so he looks smarter by comparison.

Pence would seem to be Exhibit A.

Does not bode well for his cabinet ...
 
 
+24 # karenvista 2016-07-16 02:36
Quoting Doc Mary:
I seem to recall someone saying that Trump likes to surround himself with stupid people so he looks smarter by comparison.

Pence would seem to be Exhibit A.

Does not bode well for his cabinet ...


Then Texas can give him Louis Gohmert for Secretary of State, or maybe Education.

Then as the beloved Molly Ivins said about W. "Somewhere in Texas a village is missing its idiot."
 
 
+26 # joannys 2016-07-15 18:29
So glad Indiana will be rid of him!
 
 
+26 # Pickwicky 2016-07-15 18:47
Is it true he's molded out of resin?
 
 
+32 # Texas Aggie 2016-07-15 18:29
I was going to dispute the claim of the absolute worst, but on second thought, I can't think of anyone who would be worse. Caribou Barbie would be bad, but not as bad. Gohmert or King would be disasters, but still not like Pence. Yertle would be really awful because he would be too close to power, but still not nearly as bad as Pence. It looks like he wins.
 
 
-20 # Saberoff 2016-07-15 23:37
I don't care even enough to read this article.
 
 
0 # janie1893 2016-07-16 00:42
Pickwicky---jus t his hair.
 
 
-23 # WaaDoo 2016-07-16 07:23
What?!! How horrible, a counter to the Clinton Sleaze in the form of someone who insists that there the law should be obeyed or be changed ?! No wonder Dickinson doesn't like him.

Alas, poor Tim. Does he plan to move to New Zealand also ?
 
 
0 # reiverpacific 2016-07-16 19:02
Quoting WaaDoo:
What?!! How horrible, a counter to the Clinton Sleaze in the form of someone who insists that there the law should be obeyed or be changed ?! No wonder Dickinson doesn't like him.

Alas, poor Tim. Does he plan to move to New Zealand also ?



He could do a helluva lot worse; NEW Zealand is a true DEMOCRACY.
 
 
+20 # tswhiskers 2016-07-16 08:40
Re no. 1, Pence's anti-abortion bill angered so many women that some started a "Periods for Pence" movt. These women call the governor's office monthly to keep him apprised of the states of their menstrual periods, internal problems, etc. The article is in Daily Kos. Apparently his office staff are regularly disgusted by what they hear. I find it hilariously funny and exactly what he and his staff deserve.
 
 
+1 # elizabethblock 2016-07-17 13:31
Worse than Carly Fiorina? Worse than ... oh, what's his name, Ben Carson?
 
 
+3 # vilstef 2016-07-18 04:21
Yes, worse than Fiorina and Carson.

Neither of them has been in elective office in an executive position. Their ideas of what the executive does and how their decisions are shaped by checks and balances show they do not understand political reality.

People like Pence show why one party should not have all the power because huge mistakes will be made-especially if they love billionaires and hate the people. Pence has done this. If you're looking for another example, look at Governor Brownback in Kansas or the state of Arizona. Things are very off the rails there. The current run of Tea Party Republicans and give-it-all-to- the-billionaire s folk have given us the worst government of my lifetime. Just troll away on how hardworking people deserve to lose all they've worked for because these toadies and tools of the 1% are serving their masters well and giving the rest of us the finger.
 
 
+3 # elizabethblock 2016-07-17 13:33
James Fallows has an excellent name for respectable (?) Republicans who don't like Trump but say "we can work with him": Vichy Republicans.
These are the people that Robert Putnam said scare him the most, and he said that if you need to know the history of the phrase "we can work with him," he can recommend a good history of the Third Reich.
 
 
0 # ahollman 2016-07-18 14:51
As a Sanders supporter, I'll hold my nose and vote for Clinton, knowing that the Democratic platform will be worthless after the convention, that Clinton is insincere about adopting Sanders' positions, and that she'll have to be pushed - hard - by progressives for the next 4 years.

Dickinson's clip was thin and short. I got more and better reporting on Pence, including Indiana's economic performance under him as Governor, on National Public Radio.

RSN should also dispense with exaggerated headlines like "Absolute Worst". RSN would've said the same about whomever Trump chose. And Pence is -not- that; his legislative experience alone makes him more qualified than Trump to be our next President.

RSN should publish reporting, not fear mongering. Calling Pence "a threat to progressives", while true, is fear-mongering, no different than the NRA describing how candidates it dislikes have come to take peoples' guns.

Pence brings a "balance" of image, which is at least as important as reality. Trump appears as a brash, flashy, loudmouthed, egocentric New Yorker and Easterner, (perhaps some of those terms are redundant:-), whose personal moral behavior offends evangelicals, and who has no experience in government. Pence appears as a soft-spoken, low-key Midwesterner with experience in both the legislative and executive branches of government, whose hard-line religious and social convictions appeal to evangelicals.

One way to lose is demonize your opponent. Don't.
 
 
+1 # Mainecoon 2016-07-18 21:46
The four reasons why Mike spence is the worst are all part of one reason: he is reliably "conservative." There are many in the GOP who don't think Trump is a true conservative. This comes right out of karl Rove's playbook: take care of your own support and the necessary votes will come. It worked very well for Rove in 2000 and 2004. In order for Trump to have a realistic shot at the Oval office, he must nail down support from the right. I see no other reason to appoint Spence. He is from a very red state, Indiana and is largely unknown. Other than reeling in the straying GOP voters, there is no upside to having him on the ticket.
 

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