Is the honeymoon over for Mike Pence and Donald Trump?

It’s a fair question.

Given his recent actions, you’ve got to be wondering what’s going through Vice President Pence’s head in terms of the long-term viability of this romance.

Is he getting in line to become president, or is he scared out of his mind when it comes to this Trump/Russia thing?

Pence pretty much has been President Trump’s most visual and vocal supporter, even through the darkest of lies.

When Trump is at center stage, Pence is right behind him leading the cheers, grinning like a Cheshire cat.

Frankly, it should be terribly unsettling for anyone who calls Indiana home.

What bothers me most is that Pence won’t challenge any of Trump’s lies or attacks on the media, women and minorities. It’s a sad commentary if vice presidents are only allowed to be yes men, although you couldn’t say that about Joe Biden.

Pence has been going with the flow — until now.

Pence has contended there was nothing to the allegations of collusion between Trump and the Russians. He called such a possibility “outrageous.”

But when ties between the Trump camp and Russia surfaced on a number of fronts, Pence’s contention that there was no such connection evaporated. And he hired a lawyer.

It doesn’t appear Pence had any involvement in the Trump/Russia frivolity. But he hired a lawyer anyway, just to be sure it stayed that way.

What really told me the honeymoon was over came last week when the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer surfaced.

Rather than defend the younger Trump — as many have — Pence had the opposite reaction.

Don’t look at me, Pence said, adding that he wasn’t even part of the Trump team when that happened.

There are two trains of thought given Pence’s reaction.

One is that he was simply stating a fact.

The other is he was trying to distance himself from the Trump camp if the situation presents itself for Pence to become president. In other words, don’t drag me through your mud.

My, how the worm turns.

A little over a year ago, Pence was in the midst of a campaign for a second term as governor. It was a campaign that many — Republicans and Democrats alike — thought Pence would lose.

And now Pence is in a position to become president — sooner or maybe later. Who knows?

I never thought I’d say it, but the idea of a President Pence isn’t such a bad thought given what we now have to live with.

Rich James has been writing about state and local government and politics for more than 30 years. Email him at rjamescolumns@gmail.com. The opinions are the writer’s.

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