There is chitter-chatter across all media genres as to who might be the lucky African American gal chosen as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s maid of honor. Does she pass the sniff test? Will her gag reflex hold? How long will she wait for Biden to bow out?
And when it comes down to removing a president, say for the purpose of keeping the nuclear football from an angry man likely suffering cognitive decline, it’s Cabinet members who come into sharp focus. It is they who possess the voting rights to invoke the 25th Amendment, and to coordinate a cohesive group to ensure a seamless transition is not only a long play but also a terrifying prospect.
Has anyone thought that far into a Biden presidency? Under the amendment’s fourth proviso, it would take only 14 people in a Biden administration to remove him from the Oval Office: the vice president and 13 of 24 members of his Cabinet.
In legal mumbo jumbo article IV reads:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
Does that frighten Americans? It should.
The Biden Inner Circle of Progressives
Biden has long hinted that he hopes to have a grand relationship with former presidential candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke – also known as “Beto.” O’Rourke is well-known for many attributes that Biden might cherish in a candidate for a Cabinet position. One is that he has eaten New Mexico dirt to absorb its regenerative powers after losing to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018 – that’s cool and downright confirmable. Some say it should have been humble pie, but dirt it was. Perhaps O’Rourke, with his visionary insight into the enchantment of America’s top layers of soil, would be suited as Secretary of Agriculture.
From Oklahoma chieftess to Republican, then to Democrat, and back to chieftess of progressive pandering, another former candidate for the Oval Office must be in the running for a Cabinet position: Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) could get her moccasins wet as Secretary of the Interior – where her beloved Bureau of Indian Affairs is overseen. She’d be a natural at fulfilling the mission “to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.” After all, she knows how to advance at least one self-described Native American into a national success.
But Seriously …
A Biden dream team is an American nightmare.
Consider for a moment who is leading the popularity polls in Democratic circles and what Cabinet role might be assigned. Billionaire Bill Gates to lead Health and Human Services, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) as Secretary of State, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Defense are what Democrats bandy about the water coolers. And everyone is attempting to resuscitate Susan Rice from the Obama era for something – anything – in a Joe Biden world.
The list of potential “oh my Gods” is long and filled with progressive – nee socialistic — points of view. If, as Biden promises, he brings into his inner circle Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and the lovely lady Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and other Squad members, the fabric of government will not resemble the mismatched quilted pattern of America. It will be unrecognizable. It will be dangerous. A Biden dream team is an American nightmare.
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