Legend: E-mail posits a “Bill and Hillary Clinton” presidency.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2008]
The making of a nightmare…
This will give you sleepless nights
Let me describe it to you briefly…
1. Hillary wins the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States
2. Naturally, she wants to choose as her running mate someone with a lot of knowledge and experience in government and foreign affairs, someone who is a seasoned campaigner who could bring a lot of strength to the ticket. Who better than Bill, her husband?!!!
3. Hill and Bill go on to win the election in November and the Democrats maintain control of the House and the Senate.
4. Hillary is sworn in as President on January 20, 2009. The next day, after all the inauguration parties are over, she calls a press conference to make an announcement: she is resigning as President!!! Bill, as the
5. But wait! There’s more! The following day Bill calls a press conference to make an announcement. He has chosen someone to fill the now-vacant office of Vice President. Guess who he picks? Why, Hillary, of course!!!
Origins: As many pundits (and a few candidates) have already pointed out, by the time the U.S. swears in its next president in 2009, a member of either the Bush or Clinton families will have held the office for the past twenty years
But what about two Clintons in the White House (a scenario that could be described as a dream, a nightmare, or something in between, depending upon one’s political point of view)? Is that a possibility?
The scheme outlined above is an exceedingly unlikely one: Senator Hillary Clinton likely stands to lose far more political capital than she’d gain by naming her husband as her running mate, nor would there be much reason for her
The Founding Fathers placed no limits in the Constitution regarding how many times any one person could be elected (or otherwise serve) as President. However, in 1947 (after
However, the wording of the
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.
Presumably this still leaves open the loophole (intended or not) that one who had already been elected twice could still serve as President again by attaining that office through other
becomes incapacitated, or resigns.
But does that loophole really exist? Some maintain it doesn’t because the
Again we bump into some problems of literalness, though, because some would argue that a person who has already run up against the limits of the
Ultimately, the only answer is that there is no answer: this is an interpretive issue that (should it ever arise) would have to be decided by judicial branch. And there’s still one last monkey wrench that could be thrown into the process: According to the
Last updated: 4 February 2008