Gaëlle: Wow, great analogies. Additionally, there is indeed a chance that you are spending more time thinking about Mike Pence than you should.
Bret: Here’s a guy who made his career in the moral majority wing of the Republican Party, until he reached his chariot to the most immoral man of all time to win a high-profile presidential nomination. Phyllis Schlafly deciding to run away with Larry Flynt would have made more sense. Then Pence spent four years as the most servile, ridiculous, obsequious, flattering, nodding, yes-siring, whatever-you-say-boss-in-history Vice President. He will do whatever for Trump’s sake – but not, as singer Meat Loaf might have said, attempting to steal the presidential election in broad daylight.
For this, Trump rewards Pence by throwing him at a mob, who attempted to track him down and hang him. But even now, Pence can’t get in the way with his dark lord, so the idea of him siding in an anti-Trump direction seems like a fantasy.
Gaëlle: You convinced me that Pence is too weak to rebel. But you can never tell – look what happened to Mitt Romney.
Bret: Unlike Pence, Romney is a real Christian, with real principles. As for Nikki Haley, I just don’t see her winning the Republican nomination. She just isn’t Trumpy enough. My bet is on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina as the running mate. Crazy?
Gaëlle: Oh my God. What a combination. I heard there was a “Ron Be Gone” movement in Florida. Maybe they can combine it with a “Tim, don’t come in”. Or simply: “Not Scott.”
Bret: DeSantis is a very smart guy. He was keen to stay close to Trump, personally, and he was also very good at baiting the media. His handling of the pandemic has been better than most Liberals will ever give him because, unlike Andrew “I’m Still Standing” Cuomo, he was keen to protect nursing homes. With Scott on the ticket, he could also remove some of the black vote, or at least make white suburban voters comfortable voting for a GOP ticket that progressives will inevitably attack as racist.