We have to believe that the majority of Democrats have finally resigned themselves to the fact that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election. They may still be unhappy about it, they may wish they could go back in time and change history, but they are mentally stable enough to live in the real world where this is a thing that DID happen. Hillary lost, Trump won, and that’s the end of it. She’s not going to be president, short of running again in 2020, and even then…Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a better shot at the White House than the former First Lady.
But at least one liberal thinks there’s still a chance to be “with her.” Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig said in a Medium article this week that he can envision a scenario where Hillary Clinton is still able to break that highest, hardest glass ceiling. Let us see what the power of imagination is capable of.
Should it be proven that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to get elected, Lessig says, Trump should either resign or be impeached. Furthermore, he argues, Vice President Pence should also resign or be impeached, since he benefited from the conspiracy as well.
“Under the law as it is, this leaves Paul Ryan as President,” Lessig acknowledges. “And the hard moral question that Ryan would then face is whether he should remain as President. By hypothesis, we’re assuming the office was effectively stolen from the legitimate winner by a criminal and treasonous act of the (previous) leader of Ryan’s own party. Ryan’s being President is just the fruit of that poisonous tree. So should he just ignore that? Or should he acknowledge the wrong, and act to make it right?”
Feel free to guess what Lessig thinks Ryan should do in such a scenario.
But since Lessig admits that “there’s no mechanism in American law for a new election,” he proposes that Ryan orchestrate the following scheme:
President Ryan would have the right to nominate a Vice-President … If Ryan became President because the Trump/Pence campaign committed treason, who should he nominate as his Vice President? The answer seems unavoidable: He should nominate the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become the President.
Lessig is careful to assure readers that he’s not simply engaging in Fantasy-Land daydreaming.
“This is the sort of thing that’s unimaginable in Washington today,” he writes. “But that’s why we need to start imagining it, now. The nation won’t have months to deliberate the matter in the urgency of a treason-driven impeachment. It’s the sort of truth we should have resolved to long before it is needed.”
Yes, well let’s do so, shall we? If Trump resigns or is impeached, Mike Pence will become the next President of the United States. At that point, Pence will serve out the remainder of Trump’s term, and…and…there’s no “and.” That’s it. That’s the Constitution. Plain as can be. Anything else is wishful thinking. In fact, this silly bit of fantasy goes beyond wishful thinking into something that a reasonably smart middle-schooler would be embarrassed to write.
We thought you had to be halfway intelligent to be one o’ them there fancy Harvard professors, but we guess we were mistaken.