What Pence and Daniels Have in Common?

Back when Indi­ana Gov­er­nor Mitch Daniels was still a poten­tial can­di­date for the pres­i­den­cy, there was a sto­ry some­where about how his rela­tion­ship with his wife might be con­strued by some to reveal him as weak. As I remem­ber it, he had got­ten mar­ried and after a time his wife left him and moved to Cal­i­for­nia. Lat­er, she came back and they rec­on­ciled and remarried.

Why that his­to­ry reveals Daniels to be weak, I can­not explain. But appar­ent­ly it did, at least for a few people.

If that was actu­al­ly a prob­lem for Daniels polit­i­cal­ly, then Mike Pence, Repub­li­can can­di­date for gov­er­nor of Indi­ana, may have a sim­i­lar problem.

At the end of an arti­cle in the Fort Wayne Jour­nal Gazette, there is a short dis­cus­sion of how Pence will be trav­el­ing the state dur­ing his cam­paign. First it men­tions that Pence’s wife is a pilot but that Pence says he will “be spend­ing more time in a pick­up truck than an airplane.”

The arti­cle ends with :

His pre­ferred vehi­cle would be a motor­cy­cle, but Karen Pence has blocked that dream.

I grew up on ’em, and I haven’t been able to close that sale since I got mar­ried,” Pence said.

Now, I would argue that this is Pence respect­ing his wife’s fears out of love for his wife. But I know there are plen­ty of peo­ple who would see this differently.

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