Remember Teddy Kennedy of Chappaquiddick fame intoning at the 1980 Democratic Convention after he had conceded the nomination to incumbent President Jimmy Carter, “The work goes on; the cause endures; the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die”?
Nothing much has changed for hard-core Democrats, who are still busily scripting scenarios in which they can wrest the presidency from President Trump and install Hillary Clinton as president.
The latest case in point comes from Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, who made a brief abortive effort at gaining the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Lessig, writing at medium.com, posits that if proof positive were to emerge that Trump conspired with a foreign government to get elected, then “the first step is obvious. Trump should resign or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached.”
Lessig then takes another step in his odyssey: “The second step should be obvious as well: Pence should resign or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached. He benefited from the criminal (and treasonous) conspiracy just as much as Trump. He shouldn’t benefit even more by becoming the residual President.”
With two notches on his gun, Lessig aims for a third: “Under the law as it is, this leaves Paul Ryan as President. 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?”
And just how should Ryan “make it right?”
Think reallllllllyyyy hard ….
Noting “there’s no mechanism in American law for a new election,” Lessig jumps to this:
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 wouldn’t want to rush anything, of course: “Of course, this is the sort of thing that’s unimaginable in Washington today. 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.”
Continuing his phantasmical journey, Lessig imagines an All-Forgiving Hillary Clinton: “ … if he did it, then Clinton should embrace the spirit of cross partisan decency and nominate Ryan, or a Republican, as her Vice President.”
Whatever he’s smoking, there should be laws against it.
Lessig concludes, “We should try at least to work through what should happen if the unthinkable happens. Because when it happens, we won’t have much time to think.”
Then again, this kind of speculative reverie is what happens when you have too much time to think.
P.S. Daily Wire Editor-In-Chief had a succinct suggestion as to how Hillary could end up in the Oval Office: