He sold himself as a second Mitch Daniels, but his one term as governor was marred by a mix of political calculation and ideological extremes. Even as Pence leaves Indiana to become vice president, he departs with the last legacy he ever would have chosen.
In what would be a political shotgun wedding for the ages, Indiana’s governor has emerged as an unlikely finalist in the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s veepstakes. Here’s why that’s not as crazy as it sounds—and a preview of the havoc it would wreak in Indiana’s gubernatorial race.
Countrified, commonsensical, pragmatic, average, “basketball-crazed”—Indiana is one of only a handful of states with its own distinct brand, one that may not be sexy, but has proven powerful and dynamic enough to endure for two centuries. Too bad it barely captures the state’s true complexity.
The veteran party organizer and former Freedom Indiana campaign manager breaks down the state’s recent history of culture-war political debates, and why she thinks our Civil Rights Law needs updating now.