Does Mike Pence have a future in politics if Trump loses?

But Trump’s campaign is devolving, driven by one self-inflicted wound after another. And barring a sharp turnaround, Pence’s allies will need to focus on minimizing the damage by association the Indiana governor will face if he aims for a political career after Election Day.

“Mike has done a good job distancing himself from Trump even as his VP choice, and as odd as that is as a campaign dynamic, it’s showing that his principles come first, however much some think he has compromised his principles,” a former Pence adviser wrote in an email, communicating on the condition of anonymity. “When this campaign is all said and done, people on all sides of Trump in the GOP will think [Pence] did the best he could given the circumstances. And I predict most of my anti-Trump friends will at that point at least admit that trying to unite the party against Clinton by joining Trump wasn’t entirely without its merits.”…

“The danger for Pence is that people are going to say he sold out. They’re not going to say he’s the reason Trump lost. They’re going to say he sold out his principles to be part of that ticket,” said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. “And if he’s viewed as someone who sold out, then he loses his base.”