Granted, this is probably pretty Machiavellian for yours truly to suggest. But considering that the options for president in November may come down to choosing between perhaps today’s most dishonest and self-serving left wing politician or today’s most dishonest and self-serving populist politician, it’s probably not out of line to discuss options once the ballots are counted.
Let’s start with Donald Trump, who since cinching his nomination a week ago has been shedding his so-called “conservative” positions as quickly as he can, revealing himself to be the fraud most Republicans recognized him as being six months ago.
Should Trump win in November, and admittedly the odds are extremely unlikely, it’s only fair that Americans should have some recourse. Otherwise, we get saddled with more bluster and braggadocio, impromptu foreign and domestic policies and insulting language, to say nothing of devastated economic and foreign affairs.
Consider the likelihood of Trump doing something unilaterally if he’s president. It’s a good bet that’s an all but certainty. In fact, Trump would probably make the noted soloist Barack Obama look like a team player by comparison.
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The point is, going it alone (or as Trump says, “Doing it my way”) is bound to get ugly real fast, and almost as certainly to get illegal. That is to say, if you think Obama exceeded his authority in office, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
And therein lies the secret to getting rid of Trump. The first high crime or misdemeanor he commits will be the impetus for a bipartisan groundswell for impeachment. Heck, Trump will probably commit a handful more high crimes and misdemeanors even as impeachment proceedings work their way through Congress. He may have to be removed forcibly from the White House, given his inclination to discount other’s authority.
If you think this is unlikely, think again. Ask yourself what the odds are Trump would commit an impeachable offense. Yeah, about 99 to 1 that he would. Ask yourself how Republicans will feel about impeaching the guy who singlehandedly wrecked their party while progressively revealing himself more and more as a leftist in the Democratic Party mold. Yeah, they will be climbing over each other to get to the front of the line.
Now ask yourself how delicious it would be for Democrats to join an across-the-aisle movement to oust a Republican president. Yep. That’s as certain as the day is long.
The saving grace, apart from sparing the nation four or eight long agonizing years of Bozo the President and his unhinged, unpredictable behavior is that a Republican vice president will step up to the presidency. So, it might be prudent to get a decent fellow on the ticket with Trump as running mate, provided of course a decent fellow can stomach the partnership.
Now, as for the possibility Clinton wins the presidency, impeachment isn’t as likely because there are few Democrats who would reflexively join in, and certainly their cooperation would be needed, as Hillary’s husband demonstrated in the 1990s.
But consider this: the FBI and various private lawsuits and continuing Congressional inquiries are bound to uncover more and more highly questionable acts by Clinton. Some think they have enough to warrant a prison sentence already. If what’s uncovered so far proves insufficient, expect a flood of leaks to add to the assault with the intention of seeing justice done. Or maybe just to hurt her because the leakers think she deserves it. Should these volcanos not erupt before ballots are cast, it doesn’t mean they won’t soon after.
In that event, Democrats might become more amenable to removing a proven crook, who is also a dangerously careless keeper of national security secrets. The alternative is for the Democrats to face four or eight years of defending her illicit behavior. It’s hard to advance agendas while being overwhelmed continually defending the boss’ bad acts.
The Democrat reluctance to toss Clinton aside before voting in November is that it would hurt their chances of keeping the White House. However, that all changes after she is elected. She becomes more expendable and a highly regarded vice president, perhaps lefty Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, could ascend to the throne.
It’s a less likely scenario than on the Republican side, but it should have appeal for Democrats who don’t like Clinton to begin with, for Democrats who don’t want to endlessly defend her indefensible transgressions and for Democrats who would like a more doctrinaire leftist as president so they can better advance their agenda without having to cut the boss her take from the scams.
Admittedly, these impeachment scenarios are long shots. But considering that we’ve heard rumblings and even demands for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama, does anyone think the discussion won’t be opened after one of the 2016 nominees is elected?
So, if the election campaign has got you down, take heart. There’s a potential pot of gold, or at least pot of something, at the end of this trail. All that’s needed is for politicians to behave as politicians always have – with their own self-interest uppermost in their minds and with a vindictive spirit. Dontcha just love politics?
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