2016 Election

What about an Election without Voters?

presidential candidates
Written by Gary Fouse

Everybody is talking about a doomsday scenario at the Republican convention in Cleveland (which is a doomsday scenario in and of itself) if Donald Trump doesn’t wrap up 1,237 delegates in the primaries. There is talk of a smoke-filled room with somebody like Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney getting the nomination. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if both Trump and Ted Cruz are denied the nomination in spite of the fact that they have won all but two or three primaries, both men’s supporters will bolt the election thus handing it to Hillary Clinton, right?

Yes, I agree. Plus Trump would probably try to run as a third party candidate.

But picture that scenario coupled with this scenario:

Let’s suppose that Clinton gets indicted in the next month or two.  Of course, unless she is shot to death by the FBI while resisting arrest, she will try to stay in the race, but that would be asking a lot from even a Clinton. So if she drops out, that would leave “Bernie” Bernard Sanders as the last man standing, right?

No. I doubt even the Dems would put up a 74-year-old admitted socialist like Bernie. They would have to find something more appealing than that. You can’t win an election with only university campuses voting for you.

At that point, we would have a smoke filled room in Philadelphia to rival the one in Cleveland. Can you say Joe Biden, or perhaps, Little White Dove herself, Elizabeth Warren ? Imagine the nation’s first 1/84 Cherokee Indian president or vice president. Of course, if that happens, Bernie might run as a third party candidate too. In short, this could be a mess on both sides.

Of course, this is wild speculation, but if you have the supporters of Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders all feeling their guy was cheated out of the respective nominations, we could be looking at a record low turnout. It could be like a jumbo jet flight from New York to Paris with ten passengers on board. Of course, in those cases, they cancel the flight.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com

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