The strategic silence of Mike Pence

The former vice president plans on launching a podcast with the Young America’s Foundation and hitting the campus speaking circuit. He is joining the Heritage Foundation as a distinguished fellow. He is mulling a book deal and thinking about creating a fundraising committee to help elect GOP House and Senate candidates. All, obviously, with an eye toward paving the way for a possible presidential run in 2024.

This prospect raises a number of interesting questions:

Would Pence enter the race if Donald Trump declared his intention to run again?

Would Pence enter the race if some other member of the Trump family were running?

Will Pence try the Bolton Gambit, and hold his testimony until it (1) cannot hurt Trump and (2) will make Pence a pile of money?