OK. This may be straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel, but…maybe that's what bloggers are supposed to do.
The presidential succession amendment makes the House Speaker 2nd in line to run this country. That is, if both president and veep become incapacitated, for any reason, the speaker becomes president. The theory was, when passed, instead of the Secretary of State—a presidential appointee, taking over, someone elected, even if IN-directly by the people, should get the job.
All this wayyyy before gridlock set in.
So 218 votes of the House could make someone our chief executive. Frankly, in all the Tea Party bickering within the majority GOP party in the House, that frightens me. It is, theoretically possible that a Tea Party Republican, or someone who would shut our government down could get that job. Stranger things have happened. (Like Donald Trump being the top choice of one of our 2 major parties; who’d a thunk that?)
Solution? Reason and a true love of country; an appreciation for the spirit of compromise so absent in our nation’s capital...or maybe a realization that at least the Secretary of State was an appointee of the person who won our national election and would best carry on the president’s policies. I’m not holding my breath.
Just one more manifestation of the wild things gridlock has done to our national consensus—and shows no signs of abating.
George Washington weeps.
I'm just sayin'...