HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Smell Ya Later

Posted May 17, 2010 at 11:12am

After noticing it took just a few days for new British Prime Minister David Cameron to take the reins from ousted Gordon Brown following last week’s parliamentary elections, the folks at Slate couldn’t help but gripe that it takes a tad bit longer for our own government to shed its electoral losers.

But the online mag has some ideas on how to speed things up — arguing it wouldn’t even require amending the Constitution.

Slate’s Akhil Reed Amar writes all “we need to do is creatively revise our political customs and tweak our election statutes.”

So what happens if an incumbent president loses an election? Well, the incumbent vice president would immediately step down, and the president would appoint his opponent the new veep. Congress would immediately approve the new vice president and the president would immediately resign … making the new vice president the new president.

Get it?

How about Congress? Amar writes the race would serve as a special vacancy-filling election. Members would resign their seats the day before the election. Should they win, they would fill out the remainder of the term and get sworn in come January, just like now. But should they lose, they would leave early, with their seat filled by the person who beat them.

While impressed by Amar’s ideas, HOH remains doubtful they could actually ever work — it would require political civility and mutual cooperation, after all.

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