Saturday, October 26, 2019

You Heard It Here First


Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, Dallas Texas will play host to Bouchercon, the world’s largest fan-driven mystery convention. As special as that event always is, Bouchercon 2019’s “Diamonds, Denim & Death” celebration will be particularly so as it’s Bouchercon’s 50th Anniversary!  With so many of our Murder is Everywhere colleagues planning to attend—after all, MIE came to be as the result of a chance meeting at a Bouchercon—we shall be taking the week off from posting new material. We’ll still post each day, but with some of our most popular golden oldie bits.

On a somewhat related but sad note, Dallas’ much-loved Interabang Bookstore was literally wiped off the face of the earth in a direct hit by a tornado raging through North Dallas last Sunday. The outpouring of support has been inspirational, and the owners have vowed to rebuild. I appeared there at an event earlier this year and look forward to doing so again, very soon! Let’s support Interabang by buying from them online.

But none of that is what I mean by the title to this post.  What I’m talking about is an observation I first made months ago when confronted in Europe by many wondering what will happen in the 2020 US Presidential Election. Now that I’m back in the US, the subject is no less in the forefront of discussions.

So much of it is so off the wall—no pun intended—or conspiracy theorized, that my eyes just glaze over.  But I hit upon a possibility that, every time I say it, puts an end to the conversation.  It’s all so obvious to me that I’m surprised I’ve not heard it elsewhere. 

Here it is, together with the general reactions of those to whom I tell it.

1.     President Donald Trump shall drop Mike Pence as his Vice-Presidential running mate in 2020.  Most nod.
2.     He shall choose his daughter, Ivanka, as his running mate.  Most shake their heads dismissively.
3.     At the end of her father’s second term, Ivanka will run for president.  More headshaking
4.     If she fails to be nominated (or elected), her father will resign so that Ivaka Trump becomes the first female president of the United States.  Dumbfounded silence.

As I said, you heard it here first.

Have a great week.

My Upcoming Events

Friday, November 1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dallas, TX
BOUCHERCON–Hyatt Regency Dallas-room Reunion E
Moderating, “The Thrill Continues,” with Danielle Girard, Bryan Gruley, Catharine Riggs, Patricia Smiley, and Wallace Stroby

Saturday, November 2, 4:00-5:00 PM
Dallas, TX
BOUCHERCON–Hyatt Regency Dallas-room Reunion C
Moderating, “If I Could Turn Back Time,” with Joe Clifford, Laura McHugh, Hannah McKinnon, Lissa Marie Redmond, and Scott Von Doviak

Sunday, November 3, 8:30-9:30 AM
Dallas, TX
BOUCHERCON –Hyatt Regency Dallas—room Reunion E
Panelist, “Detectives Overseas” with Ian Hamilton, Ragnar Jonasson, Michael Sears, and Stanley Trollip, moderated by Nancy Tingley


  1. I don't shake my head, but I mentioned that on Tim Hallinan's Facebook page a couple of months ago, that if Trump survived to run for a second term, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Ivanka was his running mate. However, I didn't speculate so far as Trump resigning so that Ivanka would be the first female president. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he won't survive long enough to ask for Mike Pence's resignation THIS term, let alone run for re-election. (You'll notice that Ivanka and Jared both have seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth. SOMEONE must be getting worried.) The House is moving fast, public opinion is moving against Trump, and there's a GLIMMER of hope that enough Repugnicans will either grow a pair (hah!) or fear for their jobs sufficiently to vote for removal.

    We can always dream...

    1. Many have felt that DJT would want DJTjr or IT to follow him--the odds being on IT, as he wishes to have a "dynasty" like Bush & Kennedy. It just strikes me that he wants a true historical milestone linked to his name, and what better way to do it than have the first female POTUS be his daughter? Some say, he'll seek to change the constitution so as to run for a third term. That's an interesting thought, for guess who that would also free up to run for a third term? :)

  2. What about Trump revoking the declaration of independence. The USA reverts to being a British Colony. Americans learn to make tea properly. Brits now understand baseball. Boris and Trump get decent hairdressers.America joins the European union. Scotland leaves the eu and the UK and is officially adopted by Norway. Beer gets very expensive. That's the worse case scenario.

  3. I think your first prediction has already entered the operations phase, but aimed toward turning the US into a Russian satellite, replacing beer with vodka, and encouraging bald-headed, bare-chested males to take up horse back riding as a sign of national pride.