by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz
In a year where a lot of people were beginning to write his political obituary, Indiana Governor Mike Pence Wednesday night officially accepted his party’s nomination for Vice-President of the United States.
Pence delivered an address that was not too far from speeches he had given in the past at political events. He would usually do okay, however this time the audience seemed to be much better fit for the moment.
He talked his small town roots, his family, the successes of Indiana and why the nation should elect Donald Trump as President, especially when it came to the economy and national security.
However, unlike his usual Reagan or Lincoln Day Dinner addresses, this one had something Pence had been missing, the perfect audience.
Ask any speaker and they will tell you that you feed off the energy in the audience. And lately with a lot of the controversies surrounding the Governor here in Indiana, the audiences have been polite, but not on fire.
That was not the case. Pence’s mix of humor and seriousness, with a steady cadence, struck the right balance and gave him what he had been missing for quite a while.
It also helped that he wasn’t sharing the stage with Donald Trump, who basically dominated their last two appearances.
During his address, Democrats did what they were supposed to, which was go after Pence’s record on roads, schools and RFRA, but I am willing to bet money that even the most partisan Democrat would have to admit, that for all the grief and political hassle that’s been surrounding the Governor, Wednesday as Mike’s magic moment.
Abdul is the editor and publisher of IndyPolitics.Org