Pence definitely doesn’t do much for me, and he won’t move the needle either way for Trump.
One thing that Pence definitely will not provide for Trump: Life insurance. It’s the thing I’ve been worried about for almost a year. Let me put it to you this way — #NeverTrump would much rather have Mike Pence be President of the United States than Donald Trump. Remember my HRC and 20th Amendment theory? Now it looks like that shoe could be fitted for the other party’s feet. After December 19, #NeverTrump has all the reason and incentive in the world to pump Trump’s skull full of hot lead. And by “pump Trump’s skull full of hot lead,” I mean it in the indirect eliminationist sense, not in the sense that Bill Kristol will pull the trigger personally.
Trump should have picked someone that the party establishment and the greater national establishment would have no more wanted to see as President than himself.