Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Will Republicans get Trump to Resign?

There are only two ways to remove a president; Impeachment or Amendment 25 of the Constitution.
There is a third way; the president removes himself, resignation.
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment requires a 2/3 vote of both houses of Congress. Ain't gonna happen.
Removal by Impeachment requires a 2/3 vote in the Senate to convict on the Articles of Impeachment as voted on by 50% plus one vote in the House. This probably won't happen. But, as the great philosopher Yogi Berra might have said, "It's dangerous to make predictions, especially about the future."
Resignation. This is what happened with Richard Nixon. He was visited by Republican Party leadership. They presented him with the fact that they had decided to vote for articles of impeachment. So, he resigned rather than be impeached.
It's safe to say that the biggest impediment to implementing the Republican Agenda is Donald Trump. It's not hard to visualize a conflation of negative events: a particularly noxious Donald Trump tweet coupled with an impossible piece of legislation, like say the American Health Care Act, leading to a meeting in the Oval Office where they ask for his resignation for the good of the country.
Were he to resign, there's a very positive personal victory for Donald Trump. Mika Brzezinski's assertion that Donald Trump is a narcissist would be proven false.
Mike Pence would become president. He's fully capable of fulfilling the Republican agenda. Although I'm not sure anyone can save the AHCA. And I think he's capable of turning this administration from an incompetent mess into, at minimum, a efficacious mess.
If Donald Trump doesn't resign (and he won't). At some point people will leave, one way or the other. The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a blow up recently in a meeting with Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office, for torpedoing proposed nominees to senior State Department posts and for questioning his judgement.….
And who will take their place? The TJ Scott first rule of employment is, "don't work for assholes." I would not trust the judgement of anyone who would want to work for Donald Trump after watching this train wreck for the last few months.
On second thought, perhaps the inability to fill existing and future job openings will be the catalyst to that Oval Office visit.
The U.S. Secretary of State lost it over interference in hiring of staffers.

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