What do you think? Will Vice President Mike Pence use his position as president of the Senate to make a bold historic decision that will give President Trump a chance to remain in office? Or will he just fold like Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and other fairweather friends of the president?
That is the question of the day, and I for one am not confident that Pence can be counted on to stand with Trump in his hour of need.
On Wednesday, Congress will receive the electoral votes for the presidential election, and Pence will conduct that meeting. It is believed that he has the capacity as the presiding officer to accept or reject competing slates of electors. If he simply accepted alternative slates of electors supporting Trump in the contested states, it would force Democrats to object, but if they succeeded in blocking those electors, it would still mean the election would be sent to the House of Representatives, where Trump is presumed to have an advantage.
Pence also has the power to just take note of competing slates of electors and send them back to the state Legislatures to choose which slate is valid. That would return the power to the states, as the Constitution intended, but it would still be hugely controversial.
Reuter’s reported Tuesday that Pence will just shrink into the background, performing only a ceremonial role.
“He will be very supportive of the president, but again he’ll stick to the Constitution,” a former but unnamed adviser reportedly told Reuters.
“It is a ceremonial role. It is opening up envelopes and reading the contents of it,” he said. “That’s it. This is a ceremonial … position.”
Do you think Pence has the fortitude to withstand the Democratic hatred that would be poured upon him if he went further? I’m not so sure, but fortunately we only have to wait one more day to find out.
As President Trump said Monday about Pence, ““If he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”
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