Sheesh, the wrong wing nut jobs can’t even come up with a decent conspiracy. I’m reading this morning about how President Barack Obama is plotting to get a third term in the White House and the tin-hat brigade is twisting and turning every which way in an attempt to make their plot so complicated that even they can’t repeat the tale with a straight face.
What really gets me is that if he wanted to, I think Obama could win, constitutionally, a third term without violating the 22nd Amendment which reads:
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
So how does Obama get around the 22nd Amendment? Easy, run for vice president with an agreement that his running mate will resign immediately after taking the oath of office; thank you 25th Amendment and Presidential Succession Act of 1947. (The faux president could resign after the election, but I think waiting for the inauguration would be safer.)
Sure, the president would have to win the election, and there is no guarantee of what the political climate will be like in four years, but if you’re a wacko who can’t stomach referring to a Black man as Mr. President, you should at least put a little effort to making your conspiracy plausible.
That, however, would require a moment or two of clear, rational thought and well, you know.