Any person of good will who has followed the course of events over the past three years is aware that Vice-president Pence is grossly unfit to serve as president of the United States. His position as first in line of succession to the president has consistently been the strongest argument that could be mounted for not removing Trump from office. Now it appears that Pence may have participated in Trump’s recently exposed appalling abuse of power and betrayal of his oath of office in his interactions with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky.  

Jennifer Rubin wrote yesterday in a Washington Post column, “It is obviously necessary to determine if the vice president, in case of [Trump’s} removal or resignation, is fit to take over. Congress should move swiftly to subpoena him and obtain all documents relating to this travesty.” 

This observation precipitated the instant fantasy in my mind of Trump being impeached and removed from office, Pence being duly sworn in as president, then immediately impeached and removed from office, whereupon the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is sworn in as president as prescribed by the Constitution. This won’t happen, but sometimes it’s fun to dream.