If the Senate were to remove President Donald Trump from office—which could happen only on a bipartisan vote—the 2016 election results wouldn’t be overturned. Democrats wouldn’t control the White House. America’s reward for convicting Trump would be President Michael Richard Pence.
Nine out of every 10 Republican respondents said in a Quinnipiac pollreleased Monday that Trump should not be impeached and removed from office. But President Pence would likely be harder for Democrats to dispatch in the 2020 general election than an impeached but still in office President Trump. Pence’s net favorability, while underwater, is better than Trump’s. Upon entering the Oval Office, the low-key Midwesterner might prove willing and able turn the page, restore calm and soothe an exhausted electorate. He could even tap one of the best-liked, least tainted Republicans left standing—former South Carolina Governor and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley—to diversify the ticket.