Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rush Is Half Right

A report is circulating that Rush Limbaugh has been speculating about whether our unesteemed president is angling for a third term by having surrogates lay the groundwork for a repeal of the Twenty-Second Amendment.

That's an unlikely scenario.

The 22d Amendment (the numbers and italics are mine) provides that: "The Congress, [1] whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, [2] on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, [3]when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States,or [4] by Conventions in three fourths thereof [5] as the one or other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress. * * *

Note the substantial hurdles a repeal effort would face.

So in discussing the Twenty-Second Amendment Rush is mistaken.

But he's absolutely correct that Barack Obama will try to extend his reign, though not via repeal of the Twenty-Second Amendment.

He will try to pull this off through his wife, Michelle Obama: Princeton graduate, Harvard lawyer, hospital executive, and First Lady--who has just shaken up her staff and told anyone who'll listen, that she insists on more of a "substantive" role in affairs of state.

You heard it here!

Watch as Michelle Obama's visibility increases radically (no pun intended), and as she assumes a "substantive" role in her husband's administration.

It would not be the first time a wife succeeded her husband in elective office.

Though not for the presidency, which would be a first.

Why not? Her husband was one.