Is the Pence Rule the Only Surefire Way to Stay Out of Trouble?

Journalist Mark Ellis writes:

They laughed, how they laughed, at the man who’s got to be the odds-on favorite to be our next president. Comics and progressive left-wingers had a field day, snickering about the Pence Rule, Vice President Mike Pence’s commitment to never meet alone with a woman who isn’t his wife. The rule was ridiculed as puritanical, paranoid, and an indication of Pence’s antiquated morality, his misogyny, even his sexism.

Who’s laughing now?

From media, to Hollywood, to the Beltway—where a secret Congressional fund pays off accusers with taxpayer dollars — how the mighty have fallen. Lauer, Keillor, Conyers (not Franken, not yet). The list reads like a who’s who and vies in incomprehensibility with government waste in the billions — you can’t wrap your mind around it.

Thankfully, Captain Kangaroo did not live to see this.

The problem with the Pence Rule is that it seems like the only concrete rule, and it’s pretty Draconian. The rule protects men who can follow it, but what about other men, men who from time to time must necessarily be alone with women as part of their professional life? What is and isn’t appropriate, allowed, or punishable (and to what degree)? Who goes, who stays? When does the presumption of innocence apply, if ever, and what about due process?

If women are always to be believed, Pence is right: men take a risk being alone with them.