Some folks never give up.
A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that’s been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate in the Electoral College in a move backers believe would change the election result.
Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, sent an article out on Twitter headed, “A ‘last chance’ to have Mitt Romney as President in January (it’s still not too late).”
Constitutional scholar David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, said the plan is not “totally constitutional,” as touted in the article, but is instead “a radical, revolutionary proposal that has no basis in federal law or the architecture of the Constitution.”
Adler called it “really a strange and bizarre fantasy.”
Nuxoll said, “Well, I guess that’s one lawyer.”
Nuxoll said she received the article by email and decided to share it on Twitter. “I post for people to see and think about things and reflect about things,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s realistic.”
The article, by Judson Phillips, a former Shelby County, Tenn., assistant district attorney and founder of Tea Party Nation, posits that if 17 of the 24 states that Romney carried refuse to participate in the Electoral College, the college would have no quorum, throwing the presidential pick to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
The problem with that, Adler said, is that it’s based on a misreading of the 12th Amendment, which notes when no candidate receives a majority in the Electoral College, the decision moves to the House, where each state would have one vote and a quorum of two-thirds of the states would be required. “The two-thirds reference in the 12th Amendment is a reference not to the Electoral College but rather to the establishment of a quorum in the House of Representatives,” he said.
To win in the Electoral College, a presidential candidate needs only to get at least 270 electoral votes, Adler said. No quorum is required.
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Just in case the Electoral College does go through with it, there’s someone waiting on the other side who’s trying to prevent the inevitable: Barack Obama running for a third term.
Baltimore-based businessman Porter Stansberry is at it again.
The man who in the past has been found guilty of swindling customers with fabricated investment information is now trying to cash in on some of the public’s dislike of President Barack Obama.
In an E-mail solicitation blasted across the Internet — including on Monday over a listserv previously devoted to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign — Stansberry warns that Obama is secretly planning to seek a third term.
“Most people believe the election was all about whether or not Obama will have a second term. But it was not,” says the E-mail. “What was actually at stake was whether or not he will have a third-term.”
Apparently hoping to exploit the credulity of some Americans, Stansberry continues: “There’s a secret to understanding how we know Obama will seek a third term. There’s a secret to how he’ll garner the power to win, yet again… and keep power through 2020 – or even beyond.”
Stansberry’s E-mail directs readers to review his “analysis” on a website “free of charge.”
There’s one born every minute. What makes this especially hilarious is that the wingnuts who consider themselves to be the defenders of the Constitution apparently skipped the part with the 22nd Amendment that was ratified in 1951 and limited the president to two terms in office. This was done as revenge against FDR… and ruefully so when the Republicans wanted to make Ronald Reagan president for life.
Mr. Stansberry is clearly a con artist; a classier version of the folks that ply your in-box with appeals to help get their fortunes out of Libya (Nigeria is so 2002). The state senator in Idaho is clearly incapable of dealing with reality. But in teabagger circles, that’s the price of admission.