One of the few things likely to deter a blue-wave Democratic House from impeaching Donald Trump is the prospect of a Pence Presidency. The Hoosier Ayatollah is, after all, a would-be trailer-park theocrat intent on imposing what amounts to Christian Shari'a law on the United States.
These anxieties, however well-founded. ignore an entirely constitutional mechanism that would enable Congress to implement the popular vote results of the 2016 election. Despite the fat man's delusional babbling, abetted by his GOP coconspirators, about millions of fraudulent votes, all evidence shows that he lost nationwide by a substantial margin and only won in the Electoral College through seventy thousand pivotal votes cast in key Wisconsin and Michigan districts targeted by the GRU with the help of Bannon-controlled Cambridge Analytica. Sound like conspiracy theory? Already confirmed fact. But wait for Mueller, chum.
Over the past days and weeks, even some GOP moderates are getting a little queasy about the fat man's performance. Openly weeping with fear at Helsinki, for example. Gibbering word salad in an attempt to explain it. Pulling the security clearances of four-star generals who criticize him. And given that between them Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller have some really, really bad shit in the files it's extremely unlikely that purple-state GOP senators are going to go down with the ship when the Articles of Impeachment come up to them for trial.
But wait--that makes Pence President! Same-sex couples headed to the crematoria the very next day!
Not so. First, there's a body of evidence that Pence, who's thus far sidestepped public scrutiny by pretending to be an early-model Westworld host, was involved in the Flynn fiasco and Comey firing. Enough in themselves to get him out of the way with the rest of Putin's White House apparatchiks. And even if that weren't enough, there's an argument that Pence aided and abetted treason by failing to exercise his authority under the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Granted, he'd need a majority of the Cabinet too, but not even trying is grounds when faced with the imminent threat to national security that is Trump.
Right then. That's Trump and Pence sorted. So who's President?
Why, the Speaker of the House. Which if the present Democratic leadership takes power in the Blue Wave will be Civil War veteran Nancy Pelosi.
But let's just play this out. Let's say that a Democratic Congressman from any New York district that Hillary Clinton can claim as a residence can be induced to resign. (To be Secretary of Whatever the Hell He Wants, but leave that aside.) The Governor then appoints as his interim replacement Hillary Clinton. Who is then elected Speaker by acclamation.
Timing might be tricky--Democratic senators from Hillary-hating red states might have a hard time voting for impeachment if it meant a Clinton presidency. Yet it would give the Senate an opportunity to right an historic wrong.
And wherever he is, making Frank Underwood smile and nod at the camera.