Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Republican President- The Third Way

Well, all you hear about to stop Trump any more, thanks to the idiotic behavior of the Republicans, is a "brokered convention," i.e. the rich guys just deciding who the Republican candidate is going to be, regardless of what anyone else wants.  Of course, that is pretty much how the Republican party has worked for a hundred years, but we keep hearing that it is that or Trump, who will lose in November.  I want to suggest that there is a third possibility, which really scares me more than either one of the other two.  And here it is:

We've heard a lot of "speculation" about a third party run by Michael Bloomberg, who despite being a multibillionaire just like Trump, the Koch brothers or the Waltons, is somehow being portrayed as a patriotic centrist.  Well, of course, Bloomberg has as much chance of winning the election in November as Pippin the Hobbit.  But here is what he could do:  If a propaganda campaign big enough is mounted in his support, aimed not at Republicans, but at Democrats, Bloomberg could very well get enough votes to prevent either Hillary or Trump from winning a majority of the electoral college.

And what happens then?  It is then the duty of the House of Representatives to pick the next President.  Thanks to Gerrymandering, thee irrevocably Republican House of Representatives.  The House of Representatives that is willing to cause any kind of damage to the country, in the service of their masters.

Well, who do you think they might pick? Or, like me, are you afraid to even start thinking about it?

1 comment:

Zog said...

For this to happen, Bloomberg would have to win at least one state (or a single congressional district in Nebraska or Maine), and I doubt that would happen.

If it did, the 12th Amendment has the following provision:

"the person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. "

In other words, the House would be limited to Clinton, Bloomberg, and Trump. With the Republicans having the majority of state delegations in the House, the House would select Trump.

It would be unconstitutional for them to select someone worse than Trump in this case.