Rep. Mike Pence Will Not Run for President

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

Although Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was being pushed to run for President in 2012, he appears to favor a likely run for Governor of Indiana. Many on the Right consider Pence the candidate to unite the evangelical and social conservatives and the Tea Partyers.

How shallow is the Republican pool of candidates if this is the best they can come up with?

From Matt Yglesias:

And I can tell you this about Mike Pence: he has no idea what he’s talking about. The man is a fool, who deserves to be laughed at. He’s almost stupid enough to work in cable television.

At the Value Voters Summit last year, Pence won the straw poll for both president and vice president, beating better-known candidates like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. Pence, Huckabee, and Palin, a trifecta of stupid.

It is a sad state of affairs in this country when the favorite Republican candidates are of this caliber. That voters prefer them is a testament to the effectiveness of the right wing noise machine, and the Republican voters’ preference of style over substance. Style is easy to sell. No thinking required.

The fact that Republicans are effective at the polls shows the weakness of the two-party system.

H/T: Steve Benen.

20 thoughts on “Rep. Mike Pence Will Not Run for President”

  1. How shallow?

    As shallow as the Democrat’s field will be. And as shallow as our current nitwit and our last one.

  2. Is this the same Mike Pence who said while visiting Iraq a few years ago that walking through the markets in Baghdad was like walking through the markets in Indiana in the summer? Yes, it is. Don’t all Americans walk through local markets in the summer wearing bulletproof vests with 100 soldiers guarding them?

    Shucks. How will I ever get to sleep tonight knowing this highly intelligent man won’t be running for president …

  3. “Rep. Mike Pence Will Not Run for President”. President of what?The Kouts Kiwanis Club? The Dillsboro P.T.A.? The Mooresville John Dillinger Historical Society? The Marion James Dean Fan Club?
    The President of what? You’re kidding! HaHaHaHaHaHa! Oh No! HaHaHaHaHaHa! You made beer come out of my nose! HaHaHaHaHaHa!

  4. Watch the local elections in 2012 … that’s where the action is and the groundwork is being done … they are after the states right now … they’ll go after the nation in 2016.

  5. Shirenomad,
    You forgot brains. Which one of those Republicans has any brains? Maybe the 3 timer Gingrich, but he is nuts too.

  6. When Obama, who has less than a full Senate term of experience and thinks Bush’s war and terror plans need expanding, can get both the Democratic nomination and the presidency based on charm, ego, and pretending not to be the other guy, can you blame the GOP for copying the tactic?

  7. The republican party could split into the Palinite party and the Rovian party.

  8. In honor of Gyges astute observation, I would like to add the words “serving plate” for your consideration. And “yes”, before anyone asks. The choice of “serving” is meant as an ironic double entendre considering the self-serving nature of politicians.

  9. Nal,

    What it lacks in depth it makes up for in width. Sure, all the candidates are crazy, but there’s a wide variety of crazy to choose from.

  10. The more Obama’s confidence numbers go up the more shallow the pool gets. Still waiting to hear from Bolton, Daniels, Barbour and Huntsman. Looks like Gingrich is making a run.

  11. eniobob,

    Your guy Farmer there has the right idea. It would serve two functions. 1) Make C-Span much more colorful and 2) show Congress for the corporatist whores they really are.

  12. NASCAR could teach the Senate a thing or two
    Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 6:04 AM
    John Farmer/The Star-Ledger By John Farmer/The Star-Ledger

    “Most Americans don’t really understand why members of Congress do the things they do, and for a good reason: The members are not properly identified.

    We know them as senators or representatives, and Democrats or Republicans from this state or that — for example, Sen. (or Rep.) Caspar Keptdacash (R-Kan.) or (D-Ill.). It’s an accurate label, as far as it goes, but it doesn’t tell us enough about Caspar’s loyalties, interests and honest-to-God, down-deep commitments.”

  13. “How shallow is the Republican pool of candidates if this is the best they can come up with?”

    The word “saucer” comes to mind.

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