[Ed. – A man can dream.]
It seems quite reasonable to consider the possibility that Donald J. Trump will leave the presidency at some point before the end of his current term.
Will he quit in a historic huff? Will he be pushed out by Congress? Or will he be lured away to host a reality show on Russian TV? I don’t know. For now, the last line of this book seems easier to imagine than all the pages before it. And while I don’t dispute the possibility that I could be wrong, the increasingly paranoid, reckless, authoritarian and generally unstable behavior of our new president makes it hard to see how the country or his own party sustains four years of this.
With that in mind, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the president Mike Pence would be. As the great actor Albert Brooks put it on Twitter over the weekend, amid Trump’s latest conspiracy theory outburst: “President Mike Pence. The president, Mike Pence. President Pence … I was just practicing.”