It looks like things just got real for the Democratic party and this year’s presidential election. That’s because a high-ranking Democratic official has just called for a “Plan B” in case Hillary Clinton can’t make it to November.
Here’s the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction details from Politico:
“A former Democratic National Committee chairman says President Barack Obama and the party’s congressional leaders should immediately come up with a process to identify a potential successor candidate for Hillary Clinton for the off-chance a health emergency forces her out of the race.
“‘Now is the time for all good political leaders to come to the aid of their party,’ said Don Fowler, who helmed the DNC from 1995 to 197, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, and has backed Hillary Clinton since her 2008 presidential bid. ‘I think the plan should be developed by 6 o’clock this afternoon.’
“Fowler said he expects Clinton to fully recover from her bout with pneumonia, which forced her to leave a Sept. 11 memorial event early and cancel an early-week fundraising swing. But he said the Democratic Party would be mistaken to proceed without a contingency plan. The party’s existing rules empower the DNC to name a replacement candidate but include few guidelines or parameters.”
Given the sense of urgency by Fowler to come up with this plan, it doesn’t sound like he (or other Democratic officials) really believe that Hillary will “fully recover” from this latest health incident. Nothing in politics is publicly said or done without careful planning. This may be the Democrats’ way of starting to transition Hillary out and her replacement in to the race.
We can’t recall any precedent in modern political history for this type of event and procedure, which will make it extremely interesting to see how the Democratic party handles this – and who they select as Hillary’s replacement.
Do you think that Hillary is healthy enough to make it to Election Day?
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