June 04, 2004

CNN touts Bubba for VP, despite Constitutional prohibition

From CNN's profiles of Democratic Vice Presidential contenders:

Bill Clinton
Few vice-presidential possibilities boast the accomplished resume -- or political baggage -- of former President Bill Clinton. Clinton studied at Georgetown, Yale and Oxford (as a Rhodes scholar) before returning to his home state of Arkansas. He taught at the University of Arkansas' law school for three years before, at 30, being elected the state's attorney general. Clinton later served six terms as Arkansas' governor (he won in 1978, lost a 1980 race, then was re-elected two years later), before defeating incumbent George H.W. Bush to become U.S. president, starting in January 1993. While federal law prohibits a person from seeking a third presidential term, the Constitution does not specify whether or not a former commander in chief can become vice president.
CNN has conveniently ignored the 12th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
...no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
If you take a look at that page, you'll see a lot of other names tossed out as Veep material, including retiring NBC anchor Tom Brokaw and Senator Shrillary herself.

Sounds more and more like impartiality is not part of the vocabulary down at the Death Star downtown.

Posted by mhking at June 4, 2004 09:16 PM

Heard Brokaw's name bantered about before. Hillary won't as she wants it in '08. My guess would be Edwards. But who knows what the DNC will come up with at the convention. (Would Hillary run if she was nominated at the convention? Or is that too far fetched, even considering the state the Dems are currently in?)

Posted by: Guy S. at June 4, 2004 11:39 PM

It's an old joke but still relevant: If Kerry wants to balance the ticket, he can always be his own running-mate.

Posted by: McGehee at June 5, 2004 11:30 AM

Do you imagine that anyone at CNN has ever bothered to read the Constitution? Do you think they care what it says? Does anyone care what it says anymore?

Posted by: Mud Blood & Beer at June 6, 2004 12:47 AM


(R.I.P. Liberalism)

Posted by: Beau at June 7, 2004 08:24 AM