Published December 29, 2022
Mike Pence is an uncommonly decent and principled public servant. In a Hollywood movie, grateful Americans would elevate the former vice president to the White House for his courageous rejection of President Donald Trump’s entreaties to ignore the Constitution on January 6, 2021.
In reality, however, Pence faces a bleak political future. In fact, it seems the only way he might be able to salvage his career is by doing what he fears most: battling Trump directly.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.