Opinion: Mike Pence, come to your senses
This was also the story of the Trump presidency — a megalomaniacal leader surrounded by sycophants and cowards who enabled his worst behaviors.
Overall, the hearings were compelling, and members of the Committee told an effective and damning story about what happened on January 6 and in the days leading up to it. The clear takeaway is that Trump wanted ultimate power, and he was willing to do anything — including risk the life of his vice president and foment a potential coup — to get it.
But, in telling this story, the committee made Pence out to be a hero, a kind of last man standing between a near-dictator and American democracy. That story isn’t quite true. Pence did at times behave admirably, and even bravely, in the days leading up to January 6 and during the attack itself — certainly his decision not to leave the Capitol is to be commended.
And where is Pence?
It makes a normal person want to shake some sense into him: This is a guy who put your life in danger! He didn’t seem to care if you were killed! And it sets a person concerned about the future of American democracy on edge: If the person with the most power who knows so intimately how high the stakes are won’t publicly name dangerous anti-democratic forces within his own party loudly and consistently, what hope is there for making sure that January 6 was a one-time event and not a harbinger of worse things to come?