Thursday, November 23, 2006

Fixing Presidential Succession
Mike Rappaport

I don't usually agree with Sandy Levinson, but his post on this important subject is an exception.  After the Vice President, the next in line for the presidency should be the cabinet, not congressional officials.  The Constitution requires this, as does good policy.

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Mike Rappaport


Levinson makes some good points regarding the undesirable aspects of the current system but elevating an unelected official to the highest elected office in the land is much worse. Few will respect the person, or the office, under such circumstances.
Why not offer the logical solution if a change in party is so threatening (and I agree it is troubling)? Elevate the House Majority/Minority Leader, whichever Party holds the Whitehouse?

Posted by: mikem | Nov 24, 2006 7:09:06 PM

Well mikem, keep in mind that Gerald Ford was not elected and only appointed to the Vice Presidency and thus the Presidency.

Though I guess you did mention "few will respect the person". Oops.

Posted by: Brent Michael Krupp | Nov 24, 2006 7:26:58 PM

While a good idea, I don't think Nancy Pelosi would do that in a billion years. Frankly, given the rancor on the Left, I wouldn't be surprised if someone wanted this to happen.

Posted by: Dean | Nov 24, 2006 8:30:31 PM

The current succession route, I mean.

Posted by: Dean | Nov 24, 2006 8:31:02 PM

We got a dense one here. See, Brent, Ford WAS elected, for 25 years in fact, to the House of Representatives (that's one of the two houses of Congress, Brent). In fact, he was House Minority Leader at the time. (See how much you missed in school?) In addition he was so disrespected for his 25 years of elected office that he was approved by votes of 92 to 3 and 387 to 35.
Do you work for the New York Times? Just asking.

Thanks for posting, though.

Posted by: mikem | Nov 24, 2006 10:20:07 PM

Yo Man !

Posted by: Stive Angelo | Jul 28, 2007 8:01:39 PM