Saturday, July 15, 2017

18 People in Line for the Presidency (Hillary could be #2)

A whole lotta hand wringing over these recent lies about meeting with Russians and how it will be the end of the Trump administration.

I don't think Trump will be impeached, especially not with this House and Senate (spare me the illusion that the Republicans will choose country over party). Resignation could be a possibility, but I'm not sure Trump's ego will allow him to do that.


Either way, I don't share in the joy of my fellow liberals in regards to the possibilities of him leaving office mid-term.

Why? Well, the following list of men and women who are in line to succeed the President don't really line up with my progressive beliefs either. You could even argue that some of them would be more dangerous to my progressive desires because some are career politicians and are more adept at passing legislation that they want.
  1. Vice President Mike Pence
  2. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
  3. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch
  4. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  5. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
  6. Secretary of Defense James Mattis
  7. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  8. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
  9. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
  10. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
  11. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta
  12. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price
  13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson
  14. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
  15. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
  16. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
  17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
  18. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly
So, now that I've thoroughly depressed you with the fact that the list of people in line for the presidency contains gay conversion therapy proponents, oil barrons, movie producers, perjurors, heads of banks that do shady things with Russian money, Rick Perry and Betsy DeVos, let me talk to you about something fun. Something that is fantasy, but is still fun.

Fun Fact: There is a way for Hillary Clinton to become president in 2018. I don't hold out much hope for this, but it is fun to think about.

See that #2 spot up there, Speaker of the House?

The Speaker of the House is picked by the House majority. If the Democrats were to retake the house in the 2018 mid terms, they get to pick the Speaker.

Fun Fact: Did you know the Speaker of the House doesn't have to be an elected congressman? Look it up, it has never happened before, but the Constitution allows it.

Speaker of the House, Hillary Clinton.

If Trump and Pence were to vacate office either by impeachment or to avoid the embarrassment of impeachment hearings (think Nixon, think open hearings about pee-pee tapes) then guess who is next in line? 

Please welcome the 46th president of these United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Not going to happen, but fun to think about nonetheless.