The Presidential election of 2020 is shaping up to be a watershed election in American politics. I've heard it described as the most important election of our lives and a seminal moment in American political history. But consider for a moment the following scenario: two weeks ago, President Trump made what seemed like an emergency visit to Walter Reed for as yet an unknown condition. The "official" word was it was for part one of a routine physical but I doubt anyone with any knowledge believes that. We all know that stress is a major contributor to heart problems and can exacerbate conditions that cause a stroke. I do think it is interesting that this visit to Walter Reed came at the end of a very damaging week of testimony in the House impeachment inquiry. Could Donald Trump have had a minor stroke? Is he suffering from heart problems here to fore undisclosed to the general public? Since that visit to Walter Reed, Trump has been seen less in the public and he is slurring his words (note "sock rocket" at a recent rally) and he seems to be favoring his left arm in public appearances. Add to that some of his delusional tweets since then and I fear something is terribly wrong with the President.
Now let me state that I do not wish ill on anyone but I cannot help wondering if the President may indeed be suffering from a medical condition he has not disclosed? If you have studied Trump's behavior, you might understand that he is not the kind of person who would step aside for health reasons for the good of his party. Seriously, Trump cares little about his party, he only cares about himself. I could see Trump covering up a serious medical condition in order to ride out this President thing as long as he can, even if he were to keel over in say February or March as the impeachment inquiry winds to a close. Then what?
If President Trump were to be incapacitated or were to die in office in early spring where would that leave us? It would almost be too late for any other Republicans to mount a serious campaign for the primary season and in fact, several states have already cancelled their Republican primaries. I guess that would leave Mike Pence as the accidental President the standard bearer as incumbent as the Republican party nominee.
As much turmoil as it would cause in the Republican party, on the Democratic side things might actually be worse. As much as I hate to say it, because of the set of facts presented, many Democratic voters might automatically disqualify, in their minds, another septuagenarian candidate for President. That encompasses Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg and perhaps Elizabeth Warren. It also takes away the primary rationale now prevalent in the Democratic Party: who can beat Donald Trump? At that point, Democrats will have to re-group and decide which path is best for America and who is best to lead us on that path.
Now I am not predicting nor hoping for this scenario but with what I have witnessed over the past four years, nothing would surprise me... stay tuned.