My 9/7/16 column in Taki’s Magazine, “Political Punk Rock,” also included this passage:
Speaking of offensive ideas, if Trump is as bad as we’ve been told, isn’t it about time for Hillary to withdraw?
All August we heard that Donald Trump would either get America into a nuclear war with Russia, or sell out the country to Putin, or both.
Meanwhile, Hillary was hanging out in Steven Spielberg’s guesthouse in the Hamptons, going to fund-raisers with the Rothschilds, and emerging mostly to denounce the “alt-right.” After all, August is supposed to be a slow month, so it makes sense to rest up for Labor Day, the traditional launch date of the presidential campaign.
Hillary showed up Monday, spoke a few words of her Labor Day oration…and started to cough. And cough. And cough some more.
Then she got on her airplane, which she allowed the press to ride on for the first time. After having long dodged questions, she even deigned to entertain reporters’ hard-hitting questions about whether all the conspiracy theorizing over her coughing was sexist.
She got rolling on how Putin is conspiring with Trump to make her look bad with leaks, but then broke down coughing again and had to retreat to her lounge. …
Still, Hillary is not a good candidate. Regression to the mean suggests she probably won’t have too many days worse than her Labor Day, but Hillary is clearly Trump’s best hope of being elected.
So, if Trump is a risk to blow up the world, isn’t Hillary morally obligated to stand down and let a more electable Democrat run in her place?
Or is that all just talk?
If Hillary announced she were withdrawing due to her health, who would replace her? I’d guess that Tim Kaine, a solid generic Democrat, would move up to the top spot and Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be brought in to fill the women’s spot on the ticket vacated by Hillary.
Other plausible names include VP Joe Biden and runner-up Bernie Sanders, with Michelle Obama as an outside possibility for VP.
Moving Kaine up to the top of the ticket then means there’s no woman on the ticket, so I was figuring Warren, but Michelle would tick the woman and black boxes.
How could these five pieces fit together into a 2 person ticket?
It’s a complicated problem.