The latter move seems entirely aimed at keeping Pence politically relevant, reminding donors and base voters that he remains a voice of conservatism interested in playing a role in the GOP’s future.
But the former move raises questions about, how, exactly, Pence proposes to run for president.
After all, Pence spent four years as Trump’s top “yes” man. Then Pence broke with Trump over whether he had any ability to overturn the election results through the counting of the Electoral College votes.
So, what is Pence trying to be? A truth-teller on Trump? A standard-bearer for traditional conservative values? Something in between?
Speaking of in between, that’s exactly where Pence is at the moment.
He’s too Trump-adjacent for those in the GOP — Larry Hogan, Mitt Romney etc. — who have stood opposed to Trump from the start to ever get behind.
At the same time, his recent unwillingness to go along with Trump has provoked massive and sustained antipathy toward Pence among the former President’s most loyal voters.
The Point: Pence is in a political no man’s land. Which is the absolute worst place to be when you want to run for president.