With the 2022 midterms looming just over the political horizon here in the US, there is palpable posturing occurring all throughout Washington DC and beyond…some of which has more to do with 2024 and 2022.
We’ve already seen California Governor Gavin Newsom taking aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, running a number of advertisements in the Sunshine State denigrating the local leader. Some have attributed this to a bit of wishful clairvoyance by Newsom, who may see himself facing off against DeSantis on the national stage sooner rather than later.
Ron DeSantis hasn’t made any public statements leaning one way or the other, but keen observers have noticed the sort of company he’s been keeping of late.
And now, it seems as though former Vice President Mike Pence has some subtle prophecy emanating from him as well.
Mike Pence returned to Washington Tuesday morning to rally a conference of conservative students ahead of the November midterm elections — but all eyes are on the tension between the former vice president and Donald Trump stemming from the events of Jan. 6.Trending:
During his speech Tuesday morning at the Young America’s Foundation, Pence mentioned Trump only in the context of the “Trump-Pence administration” and made a glancing reference to Jan. 6, using his stump-speech shorthand for it as “that tragic day in our nation’s capital.”
Then came a rather obtuse hint:
The first question from the audience was focused squarely on the split between Pence and Trump. “There seems to be a divide between the two of you on your outlook on what the future of the conservative movement might be,” said a student from Gettysburg College.
“I don’t know that the president and I differ on issues, we may differ on focus,” Pence said with a slight laugh. “I truly do believe that elections are about the future. And it’s absolutely essential at a time when so many Americans are hurting, so many families are struggling, that we don’t give way to the temptation to look back.”
Pence has made minor allusions to the idea of a run at the White House already, all while his former boss is making overt references to his own reelection reckoning.