I’ve made this point before, but one of the salient characteristics of the House GOP’s big “ideas guy” Mike Pence (R-IN) is that he’s pretty dumb. Watch this Hardball interview, for example, and wait about 90 seconds in when Chris Matthews asks Pence whether or not he believes in evolution:
Now the answer Pence gives is stupid and nonsensical. But sometimes a canny, clever politician says something that doesn’t make sense as part of his canny strategy. But watch Pence’s hesitation, his stalling for time, his JV tactic of re-stating the question. He doesn’t know off the top of his head whether or not he believes in evolution. He needs to stall and think it through. It’s pathetic.
Meanwhile, Satyam Khanna reminds us that Pence, along with noted buffoon Michele Bachmann (R-MN), will be crafting their caucus’ energy strategy.