Election 2016: Can we have a mulligan?

Friday’s news cycle was a depressing one regardless of candidate.  Trump’s “hot mic” moment is winning the news cycle, but Hillary’s wiki leaks revelation isn’t a winner either.  In a “normal” election cycle some of these moments by both candidates would be deadly damaging.  But in 2016, it’s just hunker in the bunker and say the other candidate is worse.

Consider today…

  • Key Republicans either un-endorsed Trump or asked him to step down. Trump said “no way” will he step aside.
  • Trump has said he will go after Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct in the next debate, saying Hillary was complicit or an enabler.  Yes, Bill is not running for President, but if it wasn’t a Clinton running this wouldn’t be an issue.
  • Fox News on the morning following Trump’s “hot mic” incident, dispatched a female Democratic media member who will still be voting for Trump. She said his comments were just locker room banter and that Hillary Clinton was much worse to women, citing reports she went after those accusing Bill of infidelities. Again, it would have been hard to shift the argument had this not been a Clinton running.
  • The revelation that Hillary said one thing to Wall Street in private, and expensive, speeches and said another to Bernie Sanders followers is a tough pill for many to swallow on the left.

Both Clinton and Trump are trying to face down recent accusations that their Foundations are just fronts.  Hillary’s in a “pay for play” situation and Trump’s in feeding his own businesses.  How many times does “lesser of two evils” come up on Social Media?

So the Sunday Debate… guess it is going be devoid of wonky policy discussion, eh?  And… it makes you wish for a mulligan. Can’t we just do this all over again?

Turns out, that’s totally possible.  Consider Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution:

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators. – Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution

Congress has every ability to change the date of the national elections.  If both parties could be convinced, they could easily pass such a law and set a new date (perhaps December 1st) for the Presidency and re-convene their conventions in November and choose anew. Likely?  Absolutely not.  Could it be done?  Technically, yes.  Expensive?  Certainly, and that is a state expense, not a federal one.v  Pragmatically… not a chance.

But with record unfavorabilities of the two candidates, would this restore the faith of the electorate in their candidates?  Maybe not… but one has to wonder, if given the choice, would America make this call:


  • J.

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