Yesterday while writing in this space about John Boehner, the current Speaker of the House of Representatives and a bought-and-paid-for political hack, I noted that he was not, nor would he ever be, President of the United States. Later in the day, however, after my keyboard had cooled a bit, I got to realizing that as hideous as the prospect might be, Orange John Boehner does have a pathway to the presidency.
Weepy John, by virtue of his position as Speaker of the House, is the third in line for the presidency. If, God forbid, anything were to happen to President Obama and Vice President Biden that was to remove them from office (death, incapacitation, impeachment, or resignation), John Boehner could conceivably find himself sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office.
Way back in 1900 the party bosses in New York were upset with the reform-minded governor, a young man by the name of Teddy Roosevelt. They designed a plan to get him out of the governor's office by securing his nomination to be the vice-presidential candidate on the ticket headed by President William McKinley. When McKinley's campaign manager, Mark Hanna, heard that news, he was aghast. Hanna sputtered, "Don't any of you realize there's only one life between that madman and the presidency?"
Mark Hanna's worst fears were realized in September of 1901 when William McKinley was assassinated just six months into his second term, and Teddy Roosevelt suddenly became President of the United States.
So, the point is this: never say never - even with a clown like Boehner.
Be safe Barack . . . and Joe!