Well, since then, obviously, Pence has become Donald Trump's vice-presidential candidate and therein lies the problem.
We are all human.
Trump's campaign went off the rails again this weekend over a 2005 recording wherein Trump used vulgar language (along the same lines as Leo Durocher, quite frankly) to describe aggressive sexual encounters with women. This time, though, it seems like damage has been done. Republican leaders have unendorsed Trump as the candidate doubles-down on his bombastic rhetoric.
This sets the stage for George Will's latest column. Will:
You can just tell that even writing about Trump causes Will anaphylactic shock. He persists, though, long enough to state:
And that really is the problem: Pence, who is supposed to be one of the leading Christian conservatives in the GOP, still stands by Trump. Even if bothered personally by Trump's established penchant for vulgarity and mindless aggression, Pence does not do what all sorts of Christians advise when confronted with such obvious loutishness.
Separation. He has not left. And will not.
...by persevering through Nov. 8 he can simplify the GOP's quadrennial exercise of writing its post-campaign autopsy, which this year can be published November 9 in one sentence: "Perhaps it is imprudent to nominate a venomous charlatan." ... Trump is the GOP's chemotherapy, a nauseating but, if carried through to completion, perhaps a curative experience.
This is the spiritually diabetic condition, about to be carried through to its conclusion: the thirst for power and respectability among the nation's power-elite has driven a respectable public figure to join fatefully a lesser, but far more combustible, figure whose path will lead to destruction. The very thing so desired has become the implement of one's own marginalization.
Read all of Will's column here.