So his AOL email (yes, Mike Pence still uses AOL) got hacked by scammers. Big deal. Happens to the best of us, right? Except that, according to every neckbeard on the internet, the best would never use personal email addresses to conduct state business, which is exactly what Pence did. When The Indianapolis Star made a public records request to look into the hacked emails, they were told that some emails were too sensitive to be made public -- i.e. they contained important state business. If that's not ringing any alarm bells to you, it should, especially if you considered "cyber security liability" a reason not to elect a politician into a higher office than he (or she) had ever held.
Even The Republicans In Indiana Hate Him
For a man in such high office, Mike Pence is not a very popular man. Even among conservatives in already-blood-red Indiana, Pence is about as liked as a unisex bathroom with a concealed carry ban. Remember how his first two congressional losses were to a Democrat? Well, that nearly happened again in his gubernatorial elections. His first win in 2012 came with about a 3 percent margin, even as Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama in Indiana by about 10 percent. That's right, Pence has less of a way with people than Mitt Romney.
Even worse was the 2016 gubernatorial election. Prior to accepting the VP nomination in July, Pence was still leading for reelection -- barely. About two months before getting tabbed for the Trump ticket, he was polling at roughly a dead heat with Democrat John Gregg.
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Meanwhile, the mustache had a double-digit approval rating lead on both candidates.
Turns out Pence had spent a little too much of his political capital on the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which protects the legal rights of people discriminating against others on the basis of their god not liking them. Championing the bill (and then slowly backing away after the slightest of pressure) left him with a higher disapproval rating than approval. Voters claimed that while Pence might have been better equipped to handle things like the budget, they trusted Gregg more to handle things like, and this is an actual quote, "not embarrassing the state of Indiana on a national level."
Finally, Pence has been on the receiving end of a bunch of protests throughout his career, though it seems like the worst is yet to come. But none probably stung more than watching about 150 graduates of the University of Notre Dame and their families walk out as Pence (who was only invited because student body had protested against inviting Trump) got up to give the commencement address last May. That's a significant percentage of (largely wealthy and conservative) students who walked away from the most important day of their lives in order to not be on the same football field as a man like Pence.
Isaac is a proud Notre Dame alum, a Buckeye by birth, and a Hoosier by girth. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram.
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