Who Will Hillary’s Replacement Be?

Washington Post –  Hillary Clinton falling ill Sunday morning at a memorial service on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will catapult questions about her health from the ranks of conservative conspiracy theory to perhaps the central debate in the presidential race over the coming days. “Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” spokesman Nick Merrill said. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better.” What that statement leaves out is that a) it came 90 minutes after Clinton left the ceremony b) reporters — or even a reporter — were not allowed to follow her and c) the temperature in New York City at the time of Clinton’s overheating was in the low 80s. (A heat wave over the eastern United States broke last night/this morning.)

As expected, the initial response to Hillary Clinton’s fainting incident was tempered and patient. However, now that two days have gone by and her body is still incapable of ridding itself of pneumonia, there are serious concerns over whether she is physically fit to serve as President. Are Americans willing to have a President who is riddled with an incurable disease like pneumonia? Where does the slippery slope end, will we next elect a cripple to serve in the White House?


Though some may see these reactions as overblown hysteria, some of the most objective and least reactionary titans of journalism are beginning to posit the question of whether Clinton will be forced to leave the race.

NY Post – It’s never happened before, but if Hillary Clinton has to drop out before Election Day, the Democratic National Committee would pick a successor — and it wouldn’t have to be running mate Tim Kaine. If Donald Trump faced the same situation, the Republican National Committee would select a GOP replacement, perhaps by reconvening 2,472 delegates. Clinton’s near-collapse over the weekend, coupled with the ages of the two major candidates, have brought the far-flung scenarios into the realm of possibility.

When the 21st century version of Hearst’s New York Journal is willing to go out on a limb and make this type of projection it must be understood it is done with the most measured care. It is no coincidence that these events are taking place just three weeks shy of October 1st and the notorious “October Surprise” season. Could Clinton’s October Surprise be her own exit from the race? It would be unprecedented but it might be just the kind of dramatic shake-up her campaign needs to win. But if she does exit the race who will her replacement be? The media has been poring over DNC bylaws and federal election laws to understand the legality of selecting a replacement; while those nerds try to figure all that out it’s important to take a look at who her most obvious replacements on the ballot would be.

1)Bernie Sanders


Bernie was the runner-up to Clinton in the Democratic primary and is the most obvious choice to replace her on the ticket. At a spry 75 years of age, Sanders will face none of the same concerns about his health that are currently dragging down the Clinton ticket. A Sanders vs. Trump match-up would be a historical first as never before have two elderly liberals from New York gone head to head in a Presidential election. Additionally, Sanders is significantly to the left of Clinton and he may be able to siphon off voters that defected to the Stein candidacy after Hillary clinched the nomination. His ability to win over Harambe voters may be another matter entirely.

Live look at Bernie after he heard about Clinton’s collapse:


2)Lincoln Chafee


Chafee was the shooting star of the Democratic primary, his brightness outshone them all and by the time we blinked he was gone. Chafee had the lowest media profile of all of the primary nominees and was known mainly to people who lived in the state of Rhode Island between 2011 and 2015 and older individuals who watched so much Whose Line Is It Anyway? that all the faces kind of blended together.

Because of his early exit from the primaries and his low national profile he is unmarred by the kind of controversies that might accompany more prominent Democrats. However, his consistency on the issues may be a concern as within the last ten years he has been a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent. His Republican opponents may be able to attack a Chafee candidacy as a flip-flopper who takes opportune political positions.

CNN – Before Donald Trump was a front-running Republican presidential candidate, the real estate mogul believed that the nation’s economy ran better when Democrats were in control and that Hillary Clinton would be a strong negotiator with foreign nations. “In many cases, I probably identify more as Democrat,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a 2004 interview. “It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.”

3)Joe Biden

The idea of America’s Uncle entering the race has been around since the primary began but he has expressed little interest in the Presidency. Many close to Biden have claimed he is looking to step away from the spotlight after the Obama administration ends and spend his time making significant modifications to his beloved Trans Am.

The Onion – Taking advantage of the warm spring weather Monday, Vice President Joe Biden parked his 1981 Trans Am in the White House driveway, removed his undershirt, and spent a leisurely afternoon washing the muscle car and drinking beer.


Biden has significantly higher approval ratings than Clinton and is beloved for his folksy messaging. Biden would be able to make inroads with core Trump constituencies such as your older relative who isn’t racist but is going to tell it like it is.

Biden’s optimism would be a refreshing change of pace to Trump’s dark view of America in the 21st century and is a reminder of the hopeful messaging Obama used to win the White House in 2008. However, some detractors have claimed that Biden’s optimism is naive and frankly dangerous:


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