NOT AGAIN!!! 2020 Or Bust …

Most of last year I groused that the campaign season for the presidential election was too bloomin’ long.  It started heating up in mid-2015, nearly a year-and-a-half before the election.  My humble opinion is that 3-6 months is plenty long to subject us to the endless drivel and detritus that defines campaigns in this country.  But now … NOW … the campaigns for the 2020 election are already building momentum!  I want to close my eyes, put my headphones on and listen to classical music for the next three-and-a-half years!  But alas, we have already seen what wearing blinders and earplugs does, so …

Not only have candidates begun speaking at events and cozying up to major-dollar donors, but even Trump himself has been holding campaign-style rallies in places he knows he can succeed in rustling up a crowd that is still friendly to him.  Note that you do not see him doing pep rallies in New York or San Francisco!

Among those starting to act like candidates are Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Mike Pence … whoa … Mike Pence?  Did I just say Mike Pence, as in current 2nd banana?  Of course, we all hope and believe that the head clown will not be on the 2020 ballot, but this is 2017, a full 39 months before the next presidential election!  There is rather an umwritten law … or perhaps it is written … second banana will remain quietly in the background, supporting the first banana no matter how rotten, until such time as the first banana is no longer a viable candidate.  Now, were Trump in his second term, then yes, this would be in the paramaters of normal, though it is still far too early.  But in his first term?

According to  Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns of the New York Times, Pence is “creating an independent power base, cementing his status as Mr. Trump’s heir apparent and promoting himself as the main conduit between the Republican donor class and the administration. The vice president created his own political fund-raising committee, Great America Committee, shrugging off warnings from some high-profile Republicans that it would create speculation about his intentions.”

When the aforementioned article came out on Saturday, Mike Pence had a moment of panic, knowing that retaliation from Trump would be swift and painful, so he put out the following statement:

“Today’s article in The New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and are just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration.”

Only thing is, he lies, for as The Washington Post notes, “Pence has been meeting with donors, has been creating an independent power base (as the Times reported), has hired a politically combatant chief of staff and has been the main channel of communication between Trump and Republicans on the Hill.”

2020-5But what Pence apparently fails to consider is that he has thrown his lot in with Trump, for better or for worse, and his fate or fortune is closely linked to that of Trump. And with that said, I do not wish to discuss the 2020 election until at least the middle of 2019, though I realize that is a pipe dream, given the current state of chaos in the current administration.  My only hope is that by 2020, Donald Trump is either banished to Siberia or else wearing an orange jumpsuit and busting rocks by day.

One interesting, humorous note:  It would seem that there is already an unofficial slogan for the 2020 election …

2020

There are already t-shirts, sweatshirts, phone cases, wall art, coffee mugs and bumper stickers available, folks.  Sigh. Gonna be a long three-and-a-half years, folks.

36 thoughts on “NOT AGAIN!!! 2020 Or Bust …

  1. Dear Jill,
    I like hindsight 2020 and I’d like a slogan along the lines of “show me the data”. I am so sick of horrid decisions based on ideology, fake news, lousy thinking that is easily debunked by studies and data done even by conservative thinkers.
    .
    A great example is the thinking of AG Sessions whose thinking about being tough on crime and incarceration is time warped back in the 1970’s, and that even some conservative states like Texas have rejected. Texas has been closing down prisons bigly to save monies which the state can then use to provide mental health care and / or drug rehab programs. and guess what? The crime rate has taken a dive.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, I’m liking Hindsight 2020 also. In the event Trump is still in office in 2020 (God forbid) I am thinking “Sink the Trump-tanic” is nice.

      I wasn’t aware of that data about Texas, but it makes perfect sense when you think about it. And coming from Texas, that says a lot! Yes, I am sick and tired of the decisions based on the faux news … well, actually he makes the decisions and then Fox and Breitbart make up faux facts to justify his decisions. I just finished writing my a.m. post that says more than half of republicans are buying into his “voter fraud” rhetoric hook, line and sinker. Even thought it has been proven multiple times to be a lie, that there was no mass voter fraud. And now, the commission on voter fraud is planning to disenfranchise many by removing them from the voter roles based on same names, etc. The poor man named John Smith will almost certainly be deleted!

      Did you ever, even in your wildest imaginings, think it would get this bad, Gronda? Sure, we knew all along that if elected, Trump would be a lousy excuse for a president, but THIS exceeds even what I could have imagined. Sigh.

      Hugs!!! ❤

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      • Dear Jill,

        I love “Sink the Trump-tanic.” How about, return to sender-Russia! Or no Trump returns. We could have lots of marketing items to sell like t-shirts, hats and buttons. I still like the paper toilet idea with wording that I’ll leave to your imagination We deserve some recompense for all of our pain and suffering.

        Hugs, Gronda

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        • I love it!!! And I’m getting an idea for a fun post … letting readers submit their slogans and the winner gets … something … we can figure that out. We can have bundles of fun with this, and could design t-shirts, mugs … bumper stickers … 😀 You’re right, we deserve some compensation for all we’ve had to put up with! Hugs!!!!

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  2. This is because you have an oaf and stooges in the Whitehouse and not a president and a staff. Everyone is sensing they can pull this creature apart and wanting to make sure they can do it the professional and flawless way; this needs time and some careful planning to make sure it’s a proper glorious downfall.
    It’s what I’d be doing in the alternative universe where I am a US politician and am looking to free my nation from this aberration; dirty and complete destruction of the facile public image of the fool

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  3. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when VP Pence first became aware of that article in the New York Times. I bet the ever present smile vanished in a hurry. To say he’s tied to DT is putting it mildly. He’s like DT’s shadow. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Yes, I would have loved to see that moment of “OH SHIT” when he first learned of the article. And now the ball has been picked up by most major media outlets … once let out of the box, things don’t go back in so easily. Pence would probably like to distance himself from da prez, but no matter how hard he tries, he will also be called to account for Trump’s failures. ‘Tis the way things work … guilt by association.

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        • I agree that it is certainly an appropriate slogan! I’m just not ready to even think about 2020 yet … still trying to catch my breath and survive 2017 🙂 I’m not sure who is responsible … some said Bernie Sanders, but I rather doubt it.

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              • I respected Bernie, until he sold out his followers, supporters and voters by kissing Hillary’s criminal ass and campaigned for her until she lost the election, then decided he was the future of the DUMBocratic Party. Bernie is a career politician with one agenda…. B.E.R.N.I.E.

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                • Eh … I would probably disagree a bit. I think Bernie had good intentions …. BUT …. he never could have accomplished even half of what he promised, which would have made him an ineffective president within a year. As for Hillary, I voted for her, believed she had the most qualifications for the job, especially in the area of foreign policy, which as we can see today, is more important than most people believe. Personally, if I had my choice of anybody, I would have opted to amend the Constitution and let Obama serve a third term! 🙂

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                  • Hillary and her husband are blatant racists. Her remarks calling young pre-teen Negro children ‘super-predators’ as well as her and her husband drafting and pushing thru congress the 1994 Crime Bill….which started the prison industrial complex as we know it today, including mass incarceration of People Of Color….makes it impossible for me to even say her name, let alone vote for her.

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                    • Good points, and I can certainly see where you’re coming from. I hadn’t thought about it that way. But … there is no bigger racist than Trump, I believe, and even more so since he nominated Sessions as Attorney General. That one floored me, and the fact that the Senate confirmed him made me think of them all as being ‘okay’ with racism and bigotry.

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                    • I have discovered, sadly so, that a politician, almost every one, will sell his mother, her father down the river, if that sale will further their career. Trump is a puppet, being used by corporate wealthy money men, some not even Americans, to move forward their agenda worldwide.

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                    • On that I can certainly agree. One must ask, how much of what they say and do is political rhetoric designed to further their own causes, and how much is genuine belief. I wonder if some of them even remember what their values once were.

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