Mike Pence likes to style himself as Mr. Morality. After all, this is the man who won’t have dinner alone with another woman other than his wife. Of course, working for a man who is a serial philanderer and rampant liar presents problems. But Pence has solved them.
They’re only problems if the president is a Democrat.
In a series of columns that have recently come to light, Pence expounded upon the high moral ground that the President must hold.
“If you and I fall into bad moral habits, we can harm our families, our employers and our friends,” Pence pointed out. “The President of the United States can incinerate the planet. Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous.”
“Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values,” Pence continued in one column. “To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedoms.”
Of course, this was the late 1990s, when Pence was a conservative talk show host. The president in question was Bill Clinton, and Pence was fulminating about Clinton’s sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.