Keep Your Eyes on Nick Ayers, Too

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Keep your eyes on Mike Pence.

What I've maybe not said in this space before is this: Keep your eyes on his chief of staff Nick Ayers, too.

As Pence makes his moves, it's also worth paying attention to what moves Ayers is making.

On the 21st, there was a profile of Ayers in the New York Times: "Nick Ayers Is Rising Fast in Trump's Washington. How Far Will He Go?" I shared it with the other mods, with the note: "This is an oblique move by Pence, but wow a Times profile on Nick Ayers."

Days later, there were a number of stories about the rumor that Ayers could be replacing John Kelly as Donald Trump's chief of staff. As I noted on Twitter, this is not just about the ruthless personal ambition of Nick Ayers (although that, too), but about Team Pence's strategy.

Unless, of course, one believes that Ayers' loyalty is to Donald Trump, not to Mike Pence. Which I don't.

And neither should you. Keep your eyes on Ayers.

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