By Dale Lucht
We now have two presumptive nominees for president. Donald Trump for the Republicans and Hillary Clinton for the Democrats. The RNC will have their convention in Cleveland on July 18th to the 21st. The DNC will have their convention on July 25th to the 28th, in Philadelphia. Don’t be surprised if one or both don’t make it through the convention.
I don’t think that there was anything she could have done about the Benghazi attack, but I didn’t agree with her on the overthrow of Muammar Gadaffi. However, Hillary Clinton is still embroiled in her email mess, and if indicted this could prevent her from getting the nomination.
Donald Trump attacked a federal judge in the media. Judge Curiel was appointed to the California State Superior Court by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. In 2011 President Obama appointed Curiel to the US District Court, where he is presiding over the fraud case against Trump University. The case has not been settled, and Trump is calling the judge a hater because Mr. Trump wants to build a wall to keep Curiel’s kind out of America. Although Curiel is of Mexican descent, he was born in Indiana and got his law degree from Indiana University. Many people are accusing Mr. Trump of being racist.
Personally I don’t know if Trump can survive this; it would not surprise me if the RNC does not nominate him.
A couple of years ago I wrote about having more political parties getting elected to office. I still like the idea of that, but I did not take the electoral college into the equation. If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the nominees, both of them being disliked by many people, it could open the field to a third party vying for the presidency. The Libertarian Party already is on the ballot in 50 states and they have had their convention. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has been nominated for president and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld has been nominated for vice president. With the unpopularity of the republican and democrat nominees we could have a 3 way race for the presidency. If the Libertarians could get even one state it could throw the election to the congress. A clean election could be in doubt.
There are 538 electoral votes, a nominee needs 270 electoral votes to ascend to the presidency. If they don’t get the 270 votes the election would then get thrown to the House of Representatives. The house could decide against the popular vote and elect whoever they wanted. It is time to discard the Electoral College, at a time when news traveled slowly it might have had its usefulness, but that time is passed. Now, news travels instantaneously. It is time the popular vote really does elect the president.