What If They Don’t Win?

Vincent Viewpoints Header-vincent-kenSo here we are, faced with an election where we don’t like the choices offered.

On the one hand we have Trump who seems determined to either choke on his own foot or just implode. He is “non-presidential” by any reasonable standard, prone to participate in unnecessary squabbling and has an ego the size of Tokyo. He has single-handed wrecked the Republican party, which may not be all bad, but the timing couldn’t be worse. In the process he has exposed the ugly underbelly of both political parties and the unbridled power that lurks behind the curtain. Of course we can’t deny that he has tapped into the issues that many Americans are most concerned with. He has, after all, racked up over 13 million votes in tquestionhe primaries. More than any other prior republican candidate in a primary ii spite of having 16 others in the field. I was once presented with a plaque that was a takeoff of Psalms 23:4 to wit: “Yea though I walk through the valley of death I shall fear no evil….” for I’m the meanest SOB in the valley. That seems to be the Trump mantra.

Then we have Clinton. Her primary message is that we should vote for her because she is a female and that will prove that the “glass ceiling” is finally broken for women. I don’t see it that way. She has little in her background that would make us think she is a feminist breaking new ground for women. Her treatment of Bill’s mistresses, the fact that she has nothing in common with the compromises that most women must make on a daily basis, her failure to support women’s causes, and her less than stellar ethics all deny that role. Other than the feminist card her platform is the same old platitudes that the polls and media love. Just like rewarmed leftovers from last night. I believe it was Camille Paglia, author and university professor that said, “Clinton is an ethically challenged incompetent”.

I’ve heard from many that say they either won’t vote or will vote for a third-party. Those are not good solutions. But, it does raise the question of what would happen if neither candidate won? Don’t laugh, it could happen.

Trump could bow out from pressure from the republican power base. Or he could be taken out of the running by some nut (already one has tried).

Clinton could be found unqualified to run on a number of issues including taking money from foreign governments, her email debacle, health, etc.

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So, what then? Would the two parties go with their VP candidates? Would they have a hasty convention and nominate someone else? Would the election be postponed? Would they say that the electoral college can pick the president regardless of the popular vote? (I seem to recall that has happened before.) Are those options even legal?[/message] [su_spacer]


Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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