Tag: Mike Pence

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America breathe a sigh of relief as the U.S. Army announces it will scrap a rule that would allow waivers for people dealing with depression, bipolar disorder or self-mutilation to apply to serve.  They also slam Minnesota Sen. Al Franken after one of his colleagues on a 2006 USO tour accuses Franken of a forced kiss and provides a photo of him groping her while she is asleep.  And they respond bluntly to a New York Times op-ed from a Christianity Today writer who thinks the Mike Pence policy of a man never being along with a woman other than his wife is a damaging to women’s careers and is actually a “sanctified cousin” to “Weinstein-ian behavior.

On this AEI Events Podcast, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence delivers remarks at AEI on tax reform.

October 22, 2017 marked 31 years to the day that President Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law. Now both the Trump administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill are again looking to bring tax relief to American businesses and families. Vice President Mike Pence joins AEI to discuss how to best fix the myriad shortcomings in the US tax code today.

More Men Are Adopting the Mike Pence Rule, and Feminists Don’t Like It


No man in business or academia with an ounce of common sense is going to let himself be alone with a woman who isn’t his wife in the current social climate. A single allegation of inappropriate behavior — whether legitimate or not — can and will destroy a man’s career. This is the climate feminists have created as their movement morphed from demands for social equality into a litigious Cult of Man-Hatred and quest for political power.

Now, they’re angry (who am I kidding, feminists are always angry about everything and always lecturing men on how to behave) because men are unwilling to set themselves up as victims.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start the week with a whole menu of crazy martinis.  They rip CNN and other social justice types for declaring President Trump’s Columbus Day statement insufficient because he didn’t mention the suffering that the explorers inflicted upon the indigenous people who were already adept at slaughtering each other.  They’re also staggered as California enacts one law to criminalize the use of pronouns that conflict with a person’s stated gender identity and another law that no longer makes it a felony to expose a partner to HIV without telling them.  David refers to these laws as “extremism in service to the sexual revolution.”  And they react to Vice President Pence leaving Sunday’s Colts-49’ers game after some 49’ers knelt during the national anthem and President Trump’s tweetstorm against Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome research from a liberal expert showing that no policy pushed by gun control advocates would likely stop previous or future mass shootings and that focusing on people instead of weapons is likely a better approach.  They also slam Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy for posing as pro-life while encouraging his supposedly pregnant mistress to get an abortion and urge him to leave office as soon as possible.  And they react to Mike Pence’s chief of staff suggesting it was time for a purge of Republicans who aren’t sufficiently loyal to Pence and President Trump.

Andy Puzder on Withdrawing as Labor Secretary


Andy PuzAndy Puzder joined us at Freedom Fest to discuss the minimum wage, small business regulations, his withdrawal from his Labor Secretary nomination, the poignant discussion he had with Mike Pence, and his last marketing effort at Carl’s Jr., creating possibly one of the greatest commercials in modern times (video below).

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America like the new sanctions approved against North Korea, and they really like to see China, Russia, and other countries cooperating in this effort to rein in the isolated nation.  They rip the New York Times for suggesting Vice President Mike Pence is planning to run for president in 2020 if President Trump does not, all because Pence is doing a lot of fundraising events — and they enjoy a little Kasich-bashing as the same Times article conjectures about Ohio Gov. John Kasich launching a primary challenge to Trump. And they react to Dunkin’ Donuts blaming a confusing store layout for an employee’s refusal to serve two NYPD officers in Brooklyn.

Thinking About Pence and O’Reilly


Last week, we spent six or seven days gawping at Vice President Mike Pence and his wife for their supposedly bizarre or retro marriage rules. Pence, as even villagers in Bora Bora doubtless know by now, does not attend one-on-one dinners with women not his wife, and does not drink alcohol in social settings when Karen is not with him.

Progressives were by turns confused and disgusted. They assumed that this conveyed a primitive view of relations between men and women. Does he imagine that all women are sirens, some wondered, prone to turn an innocent dinner into an opportunity for sexual adventure? What a caveman view! Or was he so vain as think himself an Adonis whom women would be unable to resist? Besides, this private rule between spouses represents a setback for women in the workplace. Don’t most deals take place over dinner? Wouldn’t women be the losers if all men had such rules?

Conservatives had a bracing time with rebuttal. Mike Pence’s lieutenant governor was a woman! Avoiding “occasions of sin” isn’t primitive; it’s actually kind of elevated. Each couple may draw the line in a different place, but drawing lines around marriage is a very healthy, not a weird impulse. In typically pithy fashion, Jonah Goldberg noted that “Elites say we have no right to judge adultery, but we have every right to judge couples who take steps to avoid it.”

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A former college professor President full of theories and words over actions leaves the world a mess and America’s reputation in shambles, and is followed by a clown who makes up words, but acts quickly to change things and remove his predecessor’s legacy. The new guy has a sober, somewhat colorless former governor as his […]

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Mike Pence: “Free Market Has Been Sorting It Out, and America’s Been Losing.” Really?


Mike Pence CarrierDonald Trump yesterday warned that companies like Carrier “are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. Not going to happen. It’s not going to happen, I’ll tell you right now.”

When I heard the President-elect make that threat, I responded thusly on CNBC, calling the comments “chilling.” Money manager Doug Kass was even stronger: “I believe that speech was one of the most dangerous and reckless speeches I have ever heard from a President or President-elect.”

And nothing I’ve heard since then sounds much better. From the New York Times:

For Once the Vice Presidency Matters


kaine-pence-debateBack in late January, 2015, I did a post entitled The Party of the Living Dead. In it, I drew attention to what Barack Obama did to the Democratic Party — which is that he deprived it of a bench and left it in the grips of septuagenarians such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, and the like. Even that young whippersnapper Elizabeth Warren — with whom I served back in the last millennium on the debate team for Northwest Class High School in Oklahoma City — was slated to be 66 or 67 by now, and Hillary Clinton was slated to be 69 — older than Ronald Reagan was on the eve of his first election. I did not have the wit to mention Bernie Sanders, then and now another septuagenarian; and I took it for granted that the Republicans would nominate someone in his or her forties or fifties. It never crossed my mind that they would nominate someone older than Hillary. But here we are.

I mention this because I believe that Tim Kaine or Mike Pence will be President before long. There is, as Aristotle said with regard to the Spartan gerousia, an old age of the mind as well as one of the body — and Hillary is evidencing both. She is not only ill — probably with Parkinson’s disease — and lacking energy. She is, as Huma Abedin noted some time ago in an email to someone recently hired at the State Department, “often confused.” She may win on Tuesday. My guess — for what it is worth — is that she will. But she will not be with us long. Hell, she is not always with us now.

For all of his defects, Donald Trump does not seem to be lacking in energy — perhaps because he is not, like his opponent, given to imbibing. But let’s face it: he, too, is old, and the campaign must be a terrific strain. Moreover, his incoherence — the fact that he seems to have attitudes and resentments but not well-worked ideas — fits rather well with Aristotle’s observation. It is, of course, conceivable that the man was never able to think through issues. He certainly seems to be stuck in adolescence, and he clearly has a problem with impulse control. But these things get worse as one ages. The ablest people remember their conclusions but forget the line of reasoning that got them there. Trust me: I know.

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The last couple of weeks have been a strange but eventful stretch for the 2016 presidential campaign, and we seem to have reached yet another new low for the GOP.  Recent developments, even some that many may have seen as at least somewhat positive, have only made me sadder about the state of conservatism and […]

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In the first of this week’s COMMENTARY podcasts John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman give their take on the VP debate: Impressive performance chops by Mike Pence masking a series of bald-faced lies, indicating the extent to which Donald Trump has altered our politics, and a deeply annoying Tim Kaine who couldn’t even do interrupting well.

Give a listen.

Vice Presidential Debate Wrap-up


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All the networks took a break from their wall-to-wall dance and/or singing competitions last night to cover the only thing more boring than a television dance and/or singing competition: a vice-presidential debate. That’s right, Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence met Tuesday night at Longwood University in the town of Farmville, VA. The moderator was Elaine Quijano of CBS News.

So what did you miss when you fell asleep right after the handshake? It was very calm. The candidates were calm. Everybody was seated at a big table for a nice, calm “conversation.” Even Twitter was pretty calm. (But the king of calm was Mike Pence. Man, that cat was chill. Nothing fazed him.)

Mike Pence Saved the Republican Party After That Cruz Disaster


mike-pence-rncTed Cruz essentially gave a career-ending speech at the GOP convention on Wednesday night.

Cruz’s speech was a slap in the face to GOP nominee Donald Trump. This whole business about “vote your conscience” — that’s a wonderful-sounding phrase. But we all know what he meant: Don’t vote for Donald Trump.

I was in the convention hall and the crowd’s reaction was unbelievable. It started out as a few hands waving in the air and some booing and then it just grew and grew throughout the entire convention hall. And then boom! It was absolute bedlam.

The Electoral Forest Just Got Greener


Like many others here, I have been resigned to a Trump candidacy from the moment Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. I saw nothing particularly positive in that prospect, but I found it unquestionably preferable to any of the remaining alternatives. So, I chose to support Trump. Under the circumstances, it was the only defensible choice.

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It’s no secret that I have been very upset and discouraged by the way this year’s presidential contest has played out.  For the last couple of months, I’ve certainly continued to have plenty of thoughts and opinions on the matter that I really wanted to express, but, for whatever reasons, this just didn’t happen for […]

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Profiles in Cowardice


Back in 1919, William Butler Yeats wrote a poem called “The Second Coming,” which began with the following verses:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The Falcon cannot hear the falconer.
Things fall apart, the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Coming Distractions


OJ GlovesProduction begins later this month on a ten-part FX Network series, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. playing The Juice. It’s from the producer of American Horror Story and based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book, adapted for television by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flint; Ed Wood.) Given the pedigree of the series, don’t be surprised if there’s an element of dark humor in this retelling of the 20-year-old “trial of the century”/media circus.

That anniversary date is the answer to the obvious questions “why this?” and “why now?” The project was commissioned before Ferguson, in case you were wondering. So no, this isn’t about prolonging our latest “national conversation about race.” (Do you hate that phrase as much as I do?). But it well may anyway.

I only watched occasional moments of the initial live television trial in the summer and early fall of 1996. Those of you old enough to remember may have a favorite telling moment you wish to share. The rules of televised trials prohibited the one camera angle that would have made the outcome more understandable: images of the jurors reacting.