When you own a stone quarry, you keep digging. Politicians often do this, occasionally because they believe that consistency is important to their constituencies, more often because they're stupid.
Towers of ilium has started to contemplate the presidency of Mike Pence. His right wing credentials are impressive and it is easy contemplate how he would probably have run for president in 2020 of his own accord. His occupancy of the Oval Office seems assured, and he will most certainly run a tight ship. Congress will enjoy working with a former colleague, and significant pieces of legislation will be signed into law. He will probably avoid a war and keep the Obama foreign policy principles in place where it is convenient. He may help avert a Democratic takeover in 2018 and he will be a formidable opponent in 2020. Provided, of course, that Trump leaves office and keeps his head down--not good things to bet on.