One only has to look at the Trump all-stars supporting the new operation — which includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway — to see how Pence is walking a careful path that might lead him to capture Trump’s fervent base of supporters. If he is indeed keen on winning them over, however, it’s likely he will produce a book that will disappoint a publisher interested in the kind of honest account that would draw in enough readers to justify a big advance payment.
If I were Pence’s publisher, I would want a book that explains exactly what it was like dealing with a president so inclined to lie, inflame, deceive and deflect. I would also develop a thorough checklist of topics for Pence to cover, which would begin with the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape in October 2016 and also include:
I could go on. It’s not uncommon for book editors to send lengthy memos to new authors, and those who are handling Pence’s book should certainly try to press the former vice president to give an honest accounting of his time in the White House. Of course, Pence will have an even greater challenge if he wants to run for president in 2024 and must, therefore, compete for the voters in Trump’s base and consider Trump’s gigantic shadow.
Unfortunately for the publisher interested in blunt honesty, Pence’s record suggests he’s going to pull his punches.