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But Spiro T. Agnew was elected vice-president, not Gerald Ford. And none of the remaining presidential line of succession are subject to a nation-wide vote either.

Quite right.  But, that was a rather exceptional case, and not how Presidents and VPs are normally elected.  It's plan B or C, not plan A.  

Think of it this way: Tony Blair was elected Prime Minister (and Labour leader) in a similar sense that Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House.

Ok.  I can try to think of it that way.  It's just compartmentalized in my head in such a way that I want to say "But the legislature and executive and the party apparatus are all very different things, with different responsibilities..."  (Yes, Pelosi is in line for the Pres. but like I said, that's a worst-case-scenario backup plan.)

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Wed Jun 27th, 2007 at 02:13:02 PM EST
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