Friday, April 5, 2013

Countdown to the 2016 Presidential Election

This is the first in a series of posts on the 2016 Presidential election. I realize the election is a long way off, but there is a lot of nonsense material to cover. Presidential campaigns are involved, ridiculous, warped political undertakings. I will attempt to be minimally subjective, because complete objectivity is impossible.  

Election-related posts will not appear often, at least for the first couple of years. I do not want to bore readers before election activities really heat up. And I do not want to make reckless predictions that most likely will be wrong.

Mark your calendars: the date of the next Presidential election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

It is important to know this for a couple of reasons.

First, circle the date on your calendar, if you can find one for 2016.

If already busy on that date, there will be plenty of time to obtain an absentee ballot. If lucky enough to live in a state allowing voting over several days, you can vote on another day.

The second reason to be aware of the date is that it gives everyone plenty of time to ensure they have the right voting credentials, assuming credentials are checked in your state.

In fact, you might use 2014 elections as a test case. Do your credentials pass inspection?

There is an alternative to guaranteeing pristine identification. There is time to ensure your party designation is the one not scrutinized. Let me explain. Since a Democrat was in the White House and running for reelection, the other party tried very hard to prevent as many Democrats as possible from voting. If it looks like voting obstructionism is going to happen again, there is ample time before the election to change party designation, at least temporarily.

But you might not want to change parties before the primaries. I know, this gets complicated…

2016 will be very interesting because the incumbent cannot run again (assuming no change in current rules). The field is wide open for both parties.

The time and place of both the Republican and Democratic conventions have not officially been announced.

I am lobbying for journalist’s credentials for both conventions. I have never been to one, and witnessing and writing about a Presidential convention is one of the items on my bucket list.

Meanwhile, the jockeying and political maneuvering and propaganda machines are already at work. I want to jump on the bandwagon.

Will Hilary run? How about Biden?

What about the Republican candidate? Rubio? Rand Paul? A Rubio/Paul ticket? What about another Bush – this time Jeb? Another possibility is ex-VP candidate Paul Ryan, and let us not rule out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (assuming he loses enough weight to be camera-friendly).

And the profound questions that will rock our nation:

What front-runner will be forced to withdraw because of a sex scandal?

What contender will pull out because of financial questions?

Who will decide not to run because it was revealed his or her IQ is (way) under 100?

Who will be under particular scrutiny because he or she inflated their college grades?

Who will receive the coveted endorsement of Rush Limbaugh? Anne Coulter? Chris Matthews? Big Bird?

Will Sarah Palin follow her daughter and perform on Dancing With the Stars? Will Bristol follow her mother and become a political candidate?

Will Mark Sanford become a dark horse Presidential candidate? Can his Argentine soon-to-be ex-mistress and new wife be First Lady? Can a non-citizen be First Spouse?

What state, wavering between blue and red, will become the first purple state?

Answers to these and other burning questions will be answered in future posts. Stay tuned!


  1. The rumor mills are all ready speculating. I can remember when the pre-election only lasted for a year. Now it is a 4 year event.

  2. IQ's under 100 would have thinned the GOP field quickly in 2012.