“Pence then becoming president, well, at least he doesn’t appear to be clinically unstable—craven being a different problem—and would presumably govern as a mainstream conservative until the election.”
Excuse me? Pence would rule as a mainstream conservative?
Whatever that is. Today’s mainstream conservative is an extreme right wing lunatic who accepts the deeply flawed and inaccurate “science” of polling, and the geology of stratigraphy when it comes to looking for oil, but not for finding the age of the Earth. The mainstream conservative rejects the overwhelming science of evolution, climate catastrophe, ecology, causes of violence, effectiveness of draconian punishment, effects of gun ownership and use, and more.
But Pence is extreme even for today’s Republicans!!! !!
If he became president he would use the now-autocratic powers of the US president to outlaw Mulan, not-smoking,  the teaching of evolution and climate science, not just gay marriage but gay behavior and maybe gay people themselves if we let them get that far. Certainly abortion. (Duh.) He’d outlaw not being corrupt. Islam. Muslims. Atheism. Missing church. Impiety. Low contributions to the church. Men and women mixing. Women driving or being in public without a male relative. Christian religious police. Wind turbines and slar power.Thousands of other things.
Things he’d likely allow if he could get away with it: Marital rape. Rape. Holy wars. Everything the Saudi government does. Pollution.
Everything not forbidden would be compulsory.
Is Pence as Unfit for Office as Trump?