[Donald] Trump will try somewhat successfully to appeal to many of the agonized Republicans with a slate of dream-rational conservatives (there are such people) like [David] Petraeus for Defense secretary, Michael Bloomberg for Treasury secretary and maybe Robert Gates for Secretary of State. Why would such quality people align themselves with the deplorable Trump? Maybe an attempt to save our democracy.
Having thus softened his image, he will trash Hillary [Clinton] as only he can. At the same time, the predicted voter turnout will go from the current 45 percent +/- to 75 percent, most of whom will be working-class whites and other ardent Trump supporters.
At the same time, the Bernie supporters (who are as irrational as the Trump supporters) will either stay home or vote for Trump just to get in the face of the establishment politicians, of whom Hillary is the primo example. At about this time, Trump polling numbers will climb and Hillary’s will sink so low that she will be deemed unelectable.
The thing to remember is that Trump has never taken a position on anything, so he has maximum flexibility. He is totally unprincipled and will promise anything to anybody for his or her vote. And most of the electorate will believe him! (If you doubt this, have a look at the current Trump and Bernie supporters.) Hillary, on the other hand, has a record set in concrete from which she cannot escape. (Trump can make chocolate cake look bad.)
Given these events, [President Barack] Obama will develop a significant case of heartburn realizing that his legacy is about go down the tube with a suddenly weakened candidate unable to deliver Obama’s de facto third term. Hillary has to go! How could that happen?
Obama, if desperate enough, could orchestrate a chain of events that even Hillary would understand that a health-related resignation (?) from the race would be preferable to an indictment or, alternately, the big problems created by the resignation of the head of the FBI for the Department of Justice’s failure to pursue a indictment given the mountain of evidence the FBI generated supporting such action. And remember, there is no great love by Obama for Hillary and Bill given the earlier contest eight years ago. Just as he sent Churchill’s head back to the UK, Obama would no doubt enjoy sending Hillary’s head back to Bill.
So Hillary’s out. Who is in? How about Vice President Joe Biden. Joe has recently been on the road to Baghdad and other hot spots burnishing his credentials while he is not otherwise occupied heading up the Fed’s search for a cure for cancer.
So it’s Joe versus Donald.
— Howard Arnold