Thursday, January 19, 2017

Countdown to the Presidential Election

Installment #1 

As of January 20, 2016, there are 1,383 days to the next
Presidential election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

The inauguration of the 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2016, means it is time to begin thinking and arguing, discoursing, researching, prognosticating and writing about the next Presidential election.

Fake news, faux news, real news, facts, factoids, fabrications and lies – bring it all on! After all, DJT pledges to create jobs, and lots of jobs exist in the Presidential news industry.

The only thing we know for sure about four years from now is that no one can predict anything. We can only guess what the economy will be like, what the makeup of Congress will be, about the global economic and political situation, what wars will end, which current ones drag on, and whether new ones start.

DJT will be 74 years old in 2020. Ronald Reagan was 73 when sworn in for his second term, the oldest second-term President. DJT may want to prolong the country’s agony and run a second time. Then the question becomes: Who will be the Democratic candidate? (Assuming the Democratic Party survives until 2020.)

The Democratic Party’s 2016 candidates are already of Social Security and Medicare age, although those programs may not exist in four years. Bernie Sanders is 75 and Hillary Clinton 69. I doubt either one will vie for the party’s 2020 nomination. What other candidates appear over the next four years is anyone’s guess. A few possibilities currently 60 years of age or younger include Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and the recently elected Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper.

Then there are celebrities, who the American public seems to love in a Presidential role, fictional or real. Some actors with experience as President because they played a real and/or fictional President in a TV show and/or movie and therefore may be an excellent real President: George Clooney (what woman wouldn’t vote for him?), Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tea Leoni (she’s doing such a wonderful job as Secretary of State on the TV show Madam Secretary she deserves a promotion). 
Actors Rob Lowe and James Marsden played JFK.
If DJT does not run in four years the Republican Party possibilities are endless. Many of the 2016 candidates vying for the job will still be young enough to try again, including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Chris Christie. Ben Carson is 65, John Kasich 64 and Rick Perry 66, but if DJT could run at age 70, so can these men. Jeb Bush is 66, but there are young, ambitious Bushes waiting their opportunity to shine in the political limelight.
Martin Sheen as the fictional President Bartlett from the TV show "West Wing"
Vice President Mike Pence – if he doesn’t ascend to the job due to DJT’s resignation or impeachment - might decide to seek a job promotion. Paul Ryan could throw his hat in the ring. New Republican faces include two South Carolinians, Governor Nikki Haley and Senator Tim Scott. Celebrity contenders include Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, Lou Ferigno (The Incredible Hulk, and apparently still a hunk), NBA star Dennis Rodman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, although he is 69. Unfortunately Schwarzenegger is not currently eligible because he was born in Austria. But you never know, maybe the law will change in the next four years.
Ronald Reagan was an actor,
then the real Governor of California and President.
Here is an interesting match-up: Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Democrat Maria Shriver. For those not into People magazine or celebrity gossip or simply do not remember the news headlines, Arnold and Maria were married for years. Arnold is an actor and was Governor of California (the real governor, not a fictionalized character) and Maria the state’s First Lady. They divorced when it became public Arnold had a love child with the family’s maid.

That would be an interesting election…

And if they don’t run against each other for real, the idea would make a great movie. Or miniseries. 
Bill Murray as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt


  1. I will be marching tomorrow for peace and justice with others in my little town of Bellingham. They are expected at least 4,000 of us. It will be wonderful to be surrounded by like minded people. :-)

  2. Arnold S. can't run for President because he doesn't meet qualifications since he wasn't born in the U.S. When he was our lousy Gov. in Calif. he talked of wanting to run for the office but noted law would have to be changed. Given so many people's obsession with celebrity, and now that he's on Trumps old TV pgm, can almost imagine DT trying to change law so Arnold could run as Repubs will desperately want to retain power since they've already sold their soul. Course DT may have weakened our Bill of Rights in the name of security by then so he will have become more dictator-like ala Putin with our having meaningless elections.

  3. I hope the Democratic party is working on this right now. We need someone young enough to get the younger voters engaged (yes, I know Bernie did that too) and inspirational like Pres. Obama. I very much hope that part of the country who handed DT the win will soon realize it was all smoke and mirrors.