Something pretty extraordinary happened in the past couple days. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s primary is today. Donald Trump refused to endorse Ryan, mocking him with the “I’m not there yet” line Ryan used on Trump.
Mike Pence then undercut Trump by endorsing Ryan, which then forced Trump to do the same. The term “the Trump Pence gap” is slipping into the conversation. Above everything else, Trump values loyalty. Trump does not have the ability to fire Pence. Pence is the #nevertrump’s last best hope. They’ll provide encouragement for Pence to keep antagonizing Trump, hoping that Trump will either quit or blowup in some truly fantastic error.
People are tentatively testing how a Pence vs Kaine Presidential contest might play out – on the assumption both candidates will be pushed out of the race. A Pence vs Hillary poll would be very interesting.