Mike Pence took a lot of flak for the array of excuses he offered for refusing to wear a mask while touring the Mayo Clinic late last month. One excuse in particular turned Pence into an easy target: “I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel, and look them in the eye and say thank you.”
The excuse doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at first sight. Alexandra Petri demanded to know, “Sweet God, where are Mike Pence’s eyes?” Stephen Colbert quipped, “You can still look them in the eye with a mask — it’s not a blindfold!” (He also noted, for good measure, “For Mike Pence, looking you in the eye is second base.”) And I’m not even going to repeat what Jon Lovett had to say (starting at 6:08), for any number of reasons.
As you can see, making fun of Mike Pence is easy — but here, we prefer to do things because they are hard. That’s right: I’m about to defend him.Continue reading Mike Pence may have actually been onto something