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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Catch 22

There are very few silver linings to be found in the results of the 2004 presidential election. The closest thing to a silver lining that I can think of is the fact that George W. Bush can't be appointed selected elected president again due to the 22nd Amendment which says:
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. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President, when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
So can somebody explain to me why the House Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer, has submitted a bill to repeal the 22nd Amendment? A bill that is cosponsored by 3 other Democrats (Howard Breman, Martin Olav, and Frank Pallone, Jr.) in addition to Jim Sensenbrenner - the Republican Chairman of the Judiciary Committee that threw a temper tantrum and shut down the hearings on the Patriot Act? I don't get it - a little help, please?

Emancipated by Athanasius @ 3:59 AM

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So, is Steny yearning for the return of the Big Dawg?

Posted by Blogger Athanasius @ Thursday, June 16, 2005 4:57:00 AM #

Call it purple power.

Although Republican control of the House of Representatives is narrow - a margin of just 30 seats out of 435 total - some 20 percent of House Democrats come from districts that President Bush carried in 2004. Only 8 percent of Republicans come from districts carried by Sen. John Kerry in the presidential vote. In a landscape where most districts are clearly red (Republican) or blue (Democrat), these purple areas represent seats that could be vulnerable.

That looming reality, analysts say, is one of the factors that explains why some Democrats have crossed over to vote with the GOP on issues from tax cuts to abortion.

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I just wanted to add, it appears this is the road that Obama has taken on many of the same issues.

Posted by Blogger Cynthia @ Thursday, June 16, 2005 10:05:00 AM #
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