Vice President Mike Pence may be in a position to be not only the most important person in the Trump administration but very possibly the most important man in America right now.

Vice presidents don’t often get a chance to change history, unless they become close advisors to the man in the Oval Office (Al Gore, Dick Cheney), or succeed him following death or resignation (Andrew Johnson, Gerald Ford), or get elected to the presidency themselves (George H.W. Bush).

Mike Pence stands at the confluence of two major trends in American history, the decline of the Old Politics symbolized by Washington D.C., and the rise of the New Politics symbolized and dominated by Donald Trump.

How President Trump decides to utilize this unique human asset to bridge the transition will determine whether his presidency is a success or failure.

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