Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, January 07, 2018

While the world remains distracted by the constant circus surrounding the Trump White House, I sense a different kind of power play, and potential American future, brewing beneath the surface at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Ivanka Trump becoming the first female president of the United States. Whatever you think of the character and presidency of Donald Trump, it's clear he adores his daughter Ivanka, and cherishes the totemic power of his name. And what better way to ensure his family's legacy than by setting up his daughter, already installed in the West Wing, to assume the presidency? In our current topsy-turvy political era, stranger things have already happened. Let's take a look at a few potential Twilight Zone scenarios, which aren't as unlikely as they once might have seemed.

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Ivanka's path starts with the vice presidency. According to Keith E. Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell professor of politics at Princeton University, the president can nominate whomever he so desires for VP, as long as the nominee fulfills the minimum requirements (natural-born U.S. citizen, at least 35 years old, etc.) for the presidency. So Vladimir Putin is out, but Ivanka is in. "Presumably the most significant constraint on who the president could nominate to fill the VP vacancy would be the need for congressional confirmation," Whittington says.

Ivanka lacks political experience, you say, especially of the elected kind. Well, her lack of such a background is already being shored up by her new role as special adviser to the president, and both Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner's governing credentials will continue to be burnished as Trump hands them even larger portfolios. Remember that Hillary Clinton spun an often controversial stint as first lady into a senatorial career, even though she'd never held elected office prior to her run. It's not unthinkable that Ivanka -- despite bringing a somewhat different skill set to the table -- could do something similar.

How could Veep Ivanka ascend further? In his book The Twenty-Fifth Amendment, Fordham Law School professor John Feerick notes that "the terms ‘unable' and ‘inability' are nowhere defined in the Amendment." Trump might deem himself "unable" to serve by simply citing how irked the barrage of negative media attention makes him feel, his age, his health (mental or physical) or any number of other excuses. Considering all of the scandals he's had to endure so far, the thought must have crossed his mind.

If Trump pulled the presidential ejection seat while Ivanka was vice president, the White House would be hers. And even if he yanked the lever before then, Trump could, with some deal-making before he left office, secure Pence's commitment to nominate Ivanka as his VP -- although this path would be riskier.

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ROFLMMFAO Thread is hilarious.

#1 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-07 07:07 PM | Reply

The Trump brand will be so toxic by then, that it could never happen.
If, we as a country have any self-respect at all. Which is extremely doubtful, as anyone paying attention knows.

#2 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-01-07 08:05 PM | Reply

Actually, if we have a female President in 2020 she will be a Harris.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-07 09:19 PM | Reply

The Trump brand will be so toxic by then, that it could never happen.

Yeah.

But have faith in the collective stupidity of the electorate.

#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-01-08 02:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What took W 8 years to do to the Bush brand, Trump has done in 1.

He's like really smart.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-08 03:06 PM | Reply

And you idiots really think you have a chance of electing Oprah?

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-08 08:53 PM | Reply

But have faith in the collective stupidity of the electorate.

#4 | POSTED BY J_TREMAIN AT 2018-01-08 02:39 AM

After all, look at the wonders it has done in Pakistan!

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-08 10:32 PM | Reply

Was Dick Morris behind this prediction? It reminds me of the Condi vs Hillary in 2008 scenario he was pushing in the mid 2000s.

#8 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-09 09:44 PM | Reply

"Actually, if we have a female President in 2020 she will be a Harris."

Katherine Harris???

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-09 09:44 PM | Reply

The little autistic trump would be better than any of them.

He'd just fidget with his golden spinner for 4 years between family reunions at Gitmo.

#10 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-09 09:47 PM | Reply

#9. Kamala

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-09 10:16 PM | Reply

#11, thanks for the clarification. It's confused me every time I see people say that.

#12 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-09 10:32 PM | Reply

O for President!

#13 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 12:44 PM | Reply

"O for President!"

The French fashion photographer??

#14 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-10 01:24 PM | Reply

Everyone knows who O is.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 01:55 PM | Reply

"O for President!" - #13 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 12:44 PM

Then who would be "First Man": Rene or Sir Stephen? ;-)

#16 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-10 02:01 PM | Reply

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