It was as if some blindfolded ISIS thugs were towering over a crouched Mike Pence. That’s when the Indiana governor on Friday praised Donald Trump as part of his peculiar and tortured endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz. Then in Sunday’s Indianapolis Star, Pence recovered with a bit of enthusiasm for Cruz. The reality is, given the conservative record of Sen. Cruz, Pence should have endorsed him earlier, and robustly.
Whatever the outcome today in Indiana, Pence was hedging his bets, if not telegraphing a Trump win. That’s right in line with Trump’s strategy of “inevitability.” The synergy is apparent — as certain Republican pols sense the energy, they endorse Trump; their endorsements, in turn, convey momentum that leads to more favorable news coverage.