- November 2022
Offhand, I can think of only one person who'll benefit from Donald Trump's announcement that he's running for president again.
Every reporter in America will be obliged to mention that Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th U.S. president, the only chief executive to leave the White House and come back again four years later for a second term, as Trump aims to do.
Thanks to the Donald's ambition, anger and narcissism, Grover will be having a moment. Not bad for a guy who's been dead 114 years.
- March 2021
For four years Mike Pence toadied to a man who then unleashed a murderous mob on him. You might think, as a result, Pence would've undergone a spiritual awakening. A come-to-Jesus moment. A revelation that the brand of conservative Christianity he's long espoused is sometimes nothing more than a chintz slipcover for hate.
Forget about it.
The former vice president is due to give his first speech since leaving office to the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative Christian organization that pushes for "biblical values" in South Carolina. The group helped secure a recent ban on most abortions in the state, and as to same-sex marriage, these folks would rather see a woman marry a clump of Spanish moss than another woman.
It sure looks like Pence intends to lay claim to the evangelical vote in South Carolina, a primary state. Clearly the events at the end of the Trump-Pence reign did nothing to realign his sense of right and wrong. So gird yourself for the 2024 election already getting started, and for Pence positioning himself as the holiest of the Republican holies.
What I want to know is who will be his toady? Pence set a standard in obsequiousness that will be virtually impossible to match.
My money's on Wormtongue.
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