Donald Trump’s presidency has upended a lot in America. For instance, this blog used to be devoted exclusively to comedy. But when our present gets bleak, sometimes all you have is the future. Which got me thinking.
Do you realize a path actually exists for 77-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to become our 46th president? This isn’t some hopeful wish projection. I’d actually prefer her to gracefully retire and pass her golden-gated district in San Francisco onto a generation that doesn’t remember jodhpurs or cocaine in Coca-Cola.
But whither this presidential path for the pearl-clutching Pelosi? Well, it requires a good number of if’s, some impeccable timing, and brushing up on the line of succession. If only for amusement sake, consider these if’s.
- If the Mueller investigation ends with findings recommending a Trump impeachment.
- If the Mueller report isn’t acted upon by this Congress and falls to the 116th Congress to be sworn in on Jan. 3, 2019. This could happen if Mueller’s investigation takes that long, or if House Republicans decide to use impeachment as a mid-term election issue.
- If the Democrats take back control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections and return Pelosi to the House Speakership.
- If the House passes articles of impeachment by a simple majority, and 67 Senators vote to impeach President Trump.
- If Vice President Mike Pence also gets swallowed up in the wrong doing and is impeached at the same time. (Far fetched? Probably, but he was the preferred VP choice of federally indicted Paul Manafort, has long ties with the Mercer family of Breitbart.com fame, and headed the transition team that so poorly vetted National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. Plus Pence was among the earliest in the Administration to lawyer up. So you never know.)
- If all this happened, then Nancy Pelosi would be next in line for the presidency.
How far-fetched are all these “if’s”? I wouldn't bet on it. Plus, let me throw out one last layer of complexity:
If Mueller recommended impeachment against Trump and Pence, then House Speaker Paul Ryan would be next in line for the presidency. If the Democrats win House control back, Pelosi would replace Ryan in the line of succession; however, Ryan would remain next up after Pence until the next Congress is sworn in. Thus he and the GOP theoretically could try to proceeded with impeachment and removal before Pelosi replaced Ryan allowing Ryan to remain eligible to succeed.
A whole lot of if's to be sure. Whether far-fetched or puckishly prescient, you heard it alliteratively here first.