Thinking: it's so passé for the NRO crowd

Over at the dumbest Corner on the face of the earth, Michael Graham has an issue with reading the very words he's copying-and-pasting:

Why Wait on That Silly Constitution Stuff?    [Michael Graham]

A professor from Harvard Business School proposes today -- seriously -- that Bush and Cheney should resign immediately after the election so Obama/Biden can take the throne:

Assume that Barack Obama wins the election, as polls show is increasingly likely. The following day, Vice President Cheney should be prevailed upon to resign. Using his powers to designate a successor under the 25th Amendment, President Bush should then appoint, and Congress should confirm, Obama as vice president (just as Richard Nixon appointed Gerald Ford vice president in 1973 when Spiro Agnew resigned). Bush himself should then resign, elevating Obama to the presidency - as Ford became president when Nixon resigned. Obama should then appoint Joe Biden as vice president.

With Congress's confirmation of Biden, the new administration would be in place, on the job, and ready to tackle the economic crisis - in November, not January. (The electoral college's official ratification of the election results in December would merely rubber-stamp the transition.)

He adds that the same should be done for McCain/Palin, but that it would be "particularly appropriate in the event of an Obama/Biden victory, since that ticket promises the most dramatic change"

The Constitution -- it's so passé for the elite Obama crowd.

Hey Michael, remember that part in the text you excerpted that said "Using his powers to designate a successor under the 25th Amendment"?  Where exactly do you think the 25th Amendment comes from?  Hoyle's Rules of Bridge?

Moreover, this proposal was actually put forth during the recount mess in 2000 as a possible settlement between the Bush and Gore camps--one would take the first half of the term, have his running mate resign two years in and appoint the other candidate to the spot, then resign himself and let the other ticket govern for two years.  It wasn't particularly practical, but a lame-duck Presidency is a different scenario.

The really sad part is that the argument being raised by the HBS professor is actually bad for a legitimate reason: namely, that transitions take time to do right, and you don't want to rush the process when the tasks facing the new team are so immense.  But Graham, like far too many of his co-bloggers, just can't think critically like that, so he reverts to whatever bumper-sticker substitute for critical thought springs to mind.

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Strike Out

There was a time when she denounced the way "a handful of angry, petty, spiteful folks" took our conversations to a new low.  But she just posted a video of an angry, petty, spiteful woman who both denounced the likely Democratic nominee as "an inadequate black male" and offered her vote to John McCain (incidentally, I was sitting just a few seats from her, and believe me when I tell you her meltdown was more than a moment--it was almost an hour of continual disruptions before she was ejected and shown to the cameras).

She once decried "the venomous attacks and lies about fellow Democrats" as "spiteful and vindictive behavior" that would make it difficult to "reunite our party" (apparently that was once a goal of hers).  But she just accused our likely nominee of orchestrating elections fraud in Texas without any real sourcing, and directly claimed "he's using every trick he can think of to disenfranchise voters."

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And the first 2008 candidate to clumsily ask me for cash is....

...Senator Barack Obama.

For the last four days or so, my cell phone has been getting calls from an unknown number.  Yesterday I decided to answer and see who the hell it was that kept calling.

God, how disappointed I was.

"Hello, this is ** with the Obama campaign.  May I speak with Jared Letini [a horrible mispronunciation/mangling of my name, but it happens a lot so I didn't worry about it]?"

"This is he," I said.

Now came the fun part: the pitch.

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I ask for an immediate Cease Fire among primary partisans

cross-posted from DailyKos
I understand that tempers are running high here and over at MyDD among the supporters of the various Democratic Presidential candidates.  The pie fight over the "1984" ad has been both entertaining and infuriating at times, and has sharpened some of the lines dividing the camps.

None of that matters for the next 12 and a half hours.

John and Elizabeth Edwards are calling a press conference for tomorrow at Noon.  Elizabeth has been fighting breast cancer since 2004, and John recently cancelled a campaign appearance in Iowa to return home and attend a doctor's meeting with Elizabeth.

It sounds as if there might be a health crisis in the Edwards family.

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Thoughts on Vilsack's Withdrawal

Tom Vilsack, a short time ago, quit the Presidential race.  And it's an understandible decision: he isn't raising much money, he's not polling above fourth in his home state, he pissed off Atrios and made a bad suggestion about Social Security...all good reasons for dropping out.  And he didn't even insult our intelligence by saying it was to "spend more time with family."

I think that Vilsack was probably right to get out--from an 'expectations game' perspective, his poor showing in Iowa would probably doom him--but we're still left with a number of likely also-rans, including Biden, Dodd, Richardson, Kucinich, Gravel, and Clark (if he runs).  As far as I'm concerned, we might as well write off Kucinich and Gravel just on the basis of sheer implausibility (what Kos might call "ugh").  But in the wake of the Vilsack withdrawal, we should consider for a moment just what the paradigm is within this primary, and what we should look for from these not-first-tier candidates.

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When all else fails, bring in the Failure-in-Chief

Greetings again from sunny Sarasota, where Democratic candidate Christine Jennings has just been endorsed by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune!

Faced with Jennings's incredible bi-partisan local support, Republican Vern Buchanan had to answer a tough question: when you've already spent millions of dollars from your own pocket and you're still losing in a Republican district, where do you go from there?

I think we all know the answer to that one.  (Cue up "Hail to the Chief"...)

George W. Bush, for only the second time in his Presidency, is coming to Sarasota. This time, it's to stump for Vern Buchanan.

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FL-13: What would YOU do with $3.7 million?

$3.7 million will buy one heck of a house.  In Venice, Florida, it can get you a 3,500 square foot waterfront Italian Renaissance-style mansion.  In Arcadia, you could pay the salaries of every city employee for over a year.  In Sarasota, you could buy a nice home and keep the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen up and running for years, instead of watching it close. (Hell, you could operate the entire township of Belfast, Maine for a full fiscal year if you wanted to!)

If you're Congressional candidate Vern Buchanan, though, you wouldn't want to buy an entire house with $3.7 million.  Just a seat in one.

Yes, this week Republican nominee Vern Buchanan decided to throw another $700,000 of his own money into his campaign, <u>bringing his personal contributions to over $3,700,000 for the cycle.</u&gt  He has self-funded more than any other Congressional candidate in America this cycle.

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FL-13: Jennings (D) TROUNCES Buchanan in latest internal

Twelve percent.

In a district that has a high Republican registration advantage. In a district where independent and non-party voters almost equal Democratic voters in registration. In a district that twice elected Katherine Harris. In a district where the Republican candidate has spent more than four times as much as the Democratic candidate.

And in this district, the Democratic nominee, Christine Jennings, is leading by twelve percent, 50-38.

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"A Republican Icon" indeed. (Cheney's coming to town)

Greetings again from Jennings HQ.

Two days ago I wrote how Rep. Tom Reynolds, head of the RNCC and one of the members directly tied into the Foley scandal, was coming to Sarasota to stump for Republican candidate Vern Buchanan in our district, which is right next to Foley's.

Apparently, Rep. Reynolds figured out the risks of putting himself this close to the action, especially while his own seat is in jeopardy, and at the last minute decided to stay home and hold the Most Disturbing Press Conference Ever.

And without someone like the Predator Protector to come raise money, who's a self-funding multimillionaire candidate going to call?

How about "a Republican icon" like this guy?

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FL-13: Tom Reynolds Came to Town Today

Greetings from Jennings HQ in sunny Sarasota, Florida.

My name is JR, and I'm with the Christine Jennings for Congress campaign.  I'm a longtime poster at dKos, and a longtime lurker on MyDD, and I signed up tonight to let you know about what's going on in what's shaping up to be the most expensive House race in America.


By now we all know that Rep. Tom Reynolds, head of the National Republican Campaign Committee, has known about Rep. Mark Foley's excruciatingly improper relationships with House Pages for months.


We know that, after learning of Foley's indiscretions and failing to alert proper authorities or take appropriate steps to protect the 15 and 16 year-old Pages, Rep. Reynolds accepted a $100,000 contribution for the NRCC from Rep. Foley's personal PAC.


So, given that Rep. Reynolds is clearly implicated in a scheme to protect a predatory Congressman at the expense of the safety of children who wanted to serve their country, one would think that perhaps having him at a political fundraiser might not be the best idea.


Tell that to Vern Buchanan.

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