Pence was already pretty uncomfortable with his running mate. During the debate Tuesday he spent almost all of his time denying things that Trump has said throughout the campaign. Pence, unlike Trump, doesn’t have the capacity to just say what he wants. In fact, Pence was selected to bring a sense of legitimacy to Trump’s campaign. Pence is all about family values and good character. And he’s the only big name evangelical who wanted anything to do with the foul-mouthed billionaire.
I can only imagine how much harder Pence’s job will be after the accidentally recorded audio that was released Friday:
I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet…I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy.
That’s obviously not going to play too well with the evangelical crowd. Pence was at already out and in range of reporters when the story broke. And as they turned to him and began to ask about his take on his raunchy running mate Pence turned and fled as his advisers told the small crowd that Pence wouldn’t be taking any more questions.
Tensions had already been high just after the Vice Presidential debate, where analysts say that Pence seemed to be protecting his own image a lot more devoutly than Trump’s. And after Pence’s showing a lot of Evangelicals even admitted they’re hoping that something awful happens to Trump to make way for a Pence presidency. Some pundits have even suggested that Pence has already ruled out a win and is setting himself up to be the GOP’s candidate in the future. Pence has even taken some minor actions that seem to be deliberately putting distance between himself and the rest of Trump’s campaign.
All of this seems to be getting under Trump’s skin. He has a history of being very hot-headed and jealous of anyone who might upstage him. Sources within the Trump campaign say that Trump is getting increasingly uncomfortable about Pence’s popularity in relation to his.
Donald Trump may be on the verge of losing his running mate. There is nothing that would make Mike Pence look better at this point than to withdraw his bid for Vice President saying that he now knows who Trump really is. The evangelicals that already love him would undoubtedly see this as standing up for his values. Hell, it might even win him some respect from moderates who are becoming less and less comfortable with Trump.
Or perhaps he’ll just ride out this wave of mistrust and media silence. Regardless it’s looking less and less likely that Trump will win next month. To take a quote from the Donald himself “what the hell have you got to lose” Pence? Why not drop the dead weight and set yourself up for a win in the next election cycle?