Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How To Get Rid Of BOTH Trump & Clinton









John Nance Garner was Vice-President to Franklin Roosevelt from 1933 to 1941. He is usually remembered for a trenchant observation concerning the office he held. He said the vice-presidency was “not worth a bucket of warm spit.”

He actually used more colorful language, but the journalists of that day cleaned it up. I'm sure you can imagine what word he actually used instead of "spit", so no need for me to give it to you. In any case, the idea he espoused was that the office has no real power.

While Garner’s characterization of the office is generally true, there is one undeniable fact concerning the second-in-command. That person is always first in line for succession to the presidency itself. And that makes the choice of Donald Trump’s running mate worth a lot more than a bucket of warm (fill-in-the-blank).

Trump is unlikely to win in November. However, he’ll probably be running against just about the only person he could possibly beat, so if voters somehow find Ronald The Donald preferable to an eminently unlikeable and dishonest Democrat, he could pull off an upset. If so, we need a contingency plan.

I have a way we can take down both Trump and Clinton. Let me explain.

While the choice of a running mate has generally been at the behest of the presidential candidates, there is nothing in the rules of the Republican Party that guarantees such a thing. Rather than rubber-stamping Trump’s choice at the convention in Cleveland, Republicans could decide to choose someone completely different. All it takes is more than one person declaring for that spot on the ticket for it to go to a vote among the delegates. And while delegates may be pledged to Trump, they are not similarly in bondage to his choice of running mate.

The reason this is such an important matter is that Trump has already laid out plans for committing acts, while president, that would undoubtedly end in his being impeached by the House of Representatives and convicted by the Senate, if those bodies have the cojones to do so. Among other things, he has openly called for the commission of war crimes, the gutting of the first amendment, a religious test for entry into the country and the general trashing of due process and equal protection. Trump is odds-on to commit an impeachable offense within days of being sworn in.

When he does, it would be helpful to have a sane vice-president in place. And that brings us back to defeating Clinton. If the Republicans choose a vice-presidential candidate able to string together three sentences without committing foot to mouth, it might sway significant voters away from the carpetbagging Hillary. Then that sane person would be ready to step into the presidency when (not if) Trump is impeached.

There you have it. Two odious birds with one well-aimed stone.

Of course, I have little faith in Republican leadership getting it right in Cleveland. They have yet to show an ability to outsmart this boob, which speaks volumes about them. They’ve been handed numerous golden opportunities to crush this metaphorical cockroach, but have blown it every time. They’ll probably take this final chance and squander it by nominating someone utterly incapable of capturing the swing vote. 

A blind squirrel may eventually find a Kasich, however, so here’s hoping.

Soon, with more warm spit.

 

17 comments:

Absolut Ruiness said...

That plan sounds solid on paper Jim! I hope people with more power to affect such decisions would listen to you. Why dont you send out letters to (ever so slightly) sensible people high up the food chain? You might regret it if you don't.

Jeni said...

This sounds to me like a fantastic idea! I absolutely loved your descriptions pertaining to the Republican party and their not stepping up a whole lot earlier -like early last summer to find a way to stop Trump then in his tracks. (You probably wrote this piece especially for me since you already know my sentiments about the "presumptive" nominee for the elephants! Made my day, Jim!

Suldog said...

Absolut - Oh, the folks with brains (as few as there are) have no doubt thought about the same scenario. It's a matter of whether or not the politicians in our Congress will have the guts to take Trump down if he's elected. I surely do hope so.

Jeni - As much as I'd like to take credit for writing it specifically for you, I wrote it for the Boston Herald (but, as sometimes happens in the world of freelance, it wasn't accepted.) I actually shopped it to six or seven other newspapers, but no go. That's life in the big city!

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

Metaphorical Cockroach WBAGNFARB.

Suldog said...

(nny) US - Yes, it would! So would "Bucket of Warm Spit", if this was the 1980's and it was a punk rock band.

Eddie said...

Thought it was Ronnie Barker at first . . . he's dead, mind you he's got more life in him than Obama . . lol

Like your plan . . :)

messymimi said...

It's just crazy enough to work, if they take your advice.

Should Fish More said...

It's fascinating to me that people frequently refer to Mrs. Clinton as 'dishonest' when comparing her to Trump. The truth seems to matter less to him than any politician I can remember, and I remember Nixon quite well. He is in fact contemptuous of the truth, and has been quoted saying "I don't have time to check facts."
No, Hillary would not be my first choice, but I'd vote for a syphilitic armadillo before I'd vote for Mr. Trump.
cheers,
Mike

Suldog said...

Eddie - He does look a bit like Ronnie Barker, doesn't he?

Mimi - I specialize in crazy ideas!

Should Fish More - Trump is extremely honesty challenged. Mrs. Clinton is also not very likeable. Since I don't expect the Republicans to get anywhere near the right answer as I suggest it, my vote will likely go to Gary Johnson.

Craig said...

"If the Republicans choose a vice-presidential candidate able to string together three sentences without committing foot to mouth. . ." Big effing 'if'. . .

And @SFM - 'Syphilitic Armadillo'. . . I love it (and, what Skip said about 'metaphorical cockroach'. . .)

The question is, can we find a syphilitic armadillo who's willing to run? 'Cuz he'd get at least two votes. . .

Craig said...

And, heh, I'm suddenly loving the delightful ambiguity of rendering the word as 's*it'. . .

Jackie said...


I'm in the minority of your blogging commenters, but that would never stop me from stating who I plan to vote for in November.
Donald Trump ~ 2016!!

Suldog said...

Jackie - I have the utmost respect for you as a person, so I will only say that I believe you've tragically misjudged Mr. Trump :-)

Hilary said...

All I can say is that I'm truly glad to be on this side of our border.

Mich said...

I was kind of hoping Vince McMahon would be Trump's VP.

Daryl said...

Kasich is a loon .. a very religious loon .. he's right up there with Ted Cruz in terms of nutty .. i think you should encourage your former governor Mitt Romney in his plans to find a third party candidate to undermine Drumpf .. signed a liberal New Yorker

Jon Best said...

Maybe we should follow Ecuador's example and vote for Pulvapies, the candidate for well-being and hygiene.