Wednesday, October 22, 2008
In Charge of the Senate
I really, really, really don't want McCain to win, but if he loses, there will be one huge downside - we'll be denied the spectacle of Sarah Palin being "in charge" of the Senate. I would dearly love to see her try to "really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes".
I have looked into the matter, and I think there may be a way to have the best of both worlds. Here's the part of the Constitution that talks about people presiding over the Senate:
Article 1 Section 3:
... The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States...
The way I read this, it doesn't say that the Senate has to 'chuse' a Senator for the office of President pro tempore.
If Obama wins, I say let's petition the Senate to draft Sarah Palin for the office of President pro tempore. That way, we'd have both good governance and non-stop entertainment also too!