The Lame Duck Has Quacked
This shouldn't come as a big surprise in the land where we can hear ads that scream "Only 364 shopping days left until Christmas!", but the 2008 presidential campaign is already underway. The only problem? The proposed candidate can't legally run!
But Wait! Through the miracle of modern media, that can be fixed!
Ads to Back Schwarzenegger for President
(AP) Nov 13, 7:40 PM (ET)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians will soon see advertisements urging them to help give Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other foreign-born citizens the chance to run for president. The cable television ads, set to being running Monday, are from a Silicon Valley-based group that wants to amend the U.S. Constitution, which limits the presidency to people born in the United States.
"You cannot choose the land of your birth. You can choose the land you love," Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones says in the ads. She is a San Francisco Bay area mutual fund manager and major Schwarzenegger campaign donor who is helping pay for the ads and created a companion Web site.
Schwarzenegger was born in Austria but became a U.S. citizen in 1983. Schwarzenegger has said he would consider running for president if the Constitution allowed but hasn't pushed for a constitutional change.
The TV ads mark the first significant attempt to build public support for an amendment. While polls show Schwarzenegger remains popular with voters, the idea of a constitutional change is not. Four proposed amendments are circulating in Congress, but none has advanced. Constitutional amendments require congressional approval and ratification by 38 states.
I had been caught by the swiftness with which this came out, especially since I recently posted that Arnold was the BFEE/PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse's worst nightmare - a moderate Republican with liberal social tendencies that they would have a hard time treating like a Democrat, and who would trounce Jebba the Butt like he and his brother both deserve.
Considering all of the California voters who poured out of their hidey-holes to replace Gray Davis with Arnold, I'd be very worried if I were Jebba! In fact, I'd be wondering just how long I could hang on as Florida's governor now that my brother doesn't need Florida's vote counters anymore!
In addition, we need to watch Senator Orrin Hatch, who has been pushing for just such a Constitutional change. Could he be seeking to become Ashcroft's successor (after the current Bu$h runs out of legal time in the Oval Office) as Attorney General in a Schwarznegger adminstration? I'd be worried about that, because he makes Ashcroft look like a liberal amateur. If we thought Ashcroft was bad (and we did), Orrin Hatch would be much worse.
So keep your eyes open - the battle between the BFEE/PNACPPP and Der Governator is off and running!
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