As we hurtle forward toward election day, and with two presumptive presidential candidates in place, there's an overwhelming feeling of dissatisfaction. It's not ennui – this is perhaps the most entertaining election year in recent history – but it begs the question: why are we, the United States, the land of entitlement, settling for anything?
Each candidate has its staunch supporters. There's no denying Hillary Clinton's knowledge of the inner machinations of Washington, with a strong political résumé including stints as United States Senator from New York and 67th United States Secretary of State. Donald Trump didn't get where he is without believers on his side, calling for reforms in healthcare, U.S.-China trade, taxes and immigration, as well as having strong opinions about second amendment rights and the need for a border wall.
That being said, there is a growing number of constituents who intend to vote the “lesser-of-two-evils” ticket, with another faction abstaining altogether out of protest. There is no knight in shining armor, no third-place candidate closing the gap, no Hail Mary pass to get us out of this mess. What's worse, and depending on the likability of the vice-presidential nominees, is the sobering thought that some soulless Americans might actually be praying for the “one bullet away” scenario.
Meanwhile, we as a nation are stuck. Senate Republicans won't hold a hearing for nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland, leaving an uneven Supreme Court, and opening up the possibility of another Pelican Brief. The financial sector also is exercising caution, playing a wait-and-see game before making major decisions on investments.
There is one solution, although it's a radical one: a Clinton/Trump ticket. Think about it, folks. After spending millions of dollars and years of planning to get where they are, under what circumstances would Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton ever consider stepping away from their campaigns?
Parenthood. That's right, the love of a child. We're proposing that both candidates step aside and ask super-delegates, delegates and voters to elect Chelsea Clinton as President of the United States of America, and Ivanka Trump as Vice President.
Clinton, who turned 36 earlier this year, literally grew up in the White House and has spent a lifetime observing her parents, including Daddy-and-former-POTUS-Bill. Anybody who has ever been embarrassed by their parents knows that those moments borne out of shame often result in the child vowing to never go down that road. She's got the education, finishing it off with a recent and apropos Doctor of Philosophy in international relations. Her professional life includes time in front of the camera, reporting for NBC Nightly News and Rock Center with Brian Williams. She's passionate about the future of our country, having authored a book aimed at tweens titled It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going!, and has traded enough jabs with the media to know where the pitfalls lie.
Trump, who will turn 35 on October 30, also is eligible to serve for this esteemed public office. Echoing Tess McGill from Working Girl, she's got “a head for business and a bod for sin,” but it would be foolish to underestimate this former model. She's already gotten a lot of mileage with her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and now sits in the number two spot, making decisions on development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization. She has been advising her father, the presumptive GOP candidate, on issues surrounding women and women's health.
Perhaps best of all, the two are friends in real life, though they've put their friendship on the DL during this election year. According to Politico's Annie Karni, the pair were introduced by their husbands and "clicked immediately," hitting top spots in Manhattan, "posing on the red carpet" and finding much common ground.
So, there you have it. The Clinton/Trump ticket that would ratify voters, begin the process of making whole a divided and broken nation, and perhaps even put an end to all the in-fighting that results from a bipartisan government.