What’s worse than a Hillary Clinton presidency? Hillary in the White House with Barack Obama as her Vice President, that what. Thankfully that won’t and can’t happen, but it doesn’t stop the nimrods at The New Republic from fantasizing about an American apocalypse that puts the two worst people on the planet in charge of the country.
In A Modest Proposal: Barack Obama Should Be Hilary Clinton’s Running Mate, author Brian Beutler makes a series of mistakes in formulating his ultimate liberal ticket. First, he wrongly assumes that Hillary’s biggest problems are that she won’t appeal to black voters and that she needs to distance herself from hubby Bill.
Because Hillary Clinton is white and no longer young, a strain of political thought holds that she might lack Barack Obama’s inherent appeal to new and minority voters and thus that she won’t be able to ride the Democratic party’s demographic advantages to easy victory in 2016.
Let’s be honest, democrats could campaign in white hoods and burn crosses and still get the majority of the black vote. Hillary’s problems are a lifetime of scandal and deceit. It’s not that she won’t appeal to traditional democratic voters; it’s that people don’t trust her. But Beutler seems blissfully unaware of this reality and offers this fix to the one problem Hillary doesn’t have:
The challenge, then, is to make sure Clinton’s age and ethnicity don’t discourage Obama’s youthful, diverse supporters from turning out in November 2016. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to make sure that doesn’t happen. Clinton simply has to select Barack Obama as her running mate.
At this point in the article the author almost seems like he wants this to happen so Obama can serve another term as president. He twice mentions what would happen in this scenario if something horribly tragic should befall Hillary allowing Obama to resume his throne:
LOL, you might be thinking. Obama can’t be the vice president. That would place him at the top of the line of succession, and the Constitution limits him to two terms.
As a purely textual matter, the Constitution merely prohibits Obama from being elected to a third term. It doesn’t necessarily prohibit him from actually being president again, should Hillary Clinton no longer be able to serve.
Then Beutler makes a Constitutional case for an Obama vice presidency:
There are three sections of the Constitution that prescribe limits on who can be president and vice president: Article II, the Twelfth Amendment and the Twenty-Second Amendment. While the former two limit who is “eligible” to serve—natural born citizens, 35 or older—the Twenty-Second Amendment begins “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.”
There you have it. It’s settled, right? Obama can be Hillary’s Vice President? Not so fast. If you actually read the 12th Amendment, there’s one little sticking point that Beutler chose to ignore:
But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
If Obama has served two terms as President, and he has, then he is no longer eligible to be President. So if he isn’t eligible to be President, he also isn’t eligible to be Vice President. It’s a pretty simple thing to understand.
Just for argument’s sake let’s say they could get around these Constitutional issues (Obama is actually pretty good at that) there is still one final problem: Obama has a massive ego. He isn’t going to play second fiddle to some post-menopausal white woman. Obama is the Emperor; he has no interest in being the court jester.
Besides being wrong about every single thing, this was a really nice article. The New Republic should be proud to employ such thoughtful and grounded writers like Brian Beutler.