After noticing it took just a few days for new British Prime Minister David Cameron to take the reins from ousted Gordon Brown following last weeks parliamentary elections, the folks at Slate couldnt help but gripe that it takes a tad bit longer for our own government to shed its electoral losers.
But the online mag has some ideas on how to speed things up arguing it wouldnt even require amending the Constitution.
Slates Akhil Reed Amar writes all we need to do is creatively revise our political customs and tweak our election statutes.
So what happens if an incumbent president loses an election? Well, the incumbent vice president would immediately step down, and the president would appoint his opponent the new veep. Congress would immediately approve the new vice president and the president would immediately resign ... making the new vice president the new president.
How about Congress? Amar writes the race would serve as a special vacancy-filling election. Members would resign their seats the day before the election. Should they win, they would fill out the remainder of the term and get sworn in come January, just like now. But should they lose, they would leave early, with their seat filled by the person who beat them.
While impressed by Amars ideas, HOH remains doubtful they could actually ever work it would require political civility and mutual cooperation, after all.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.