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and resigning for mere political efficacy is unthinkable in an american context. the plodding regularity of scheduled election cycles is a fundamental part of the way everything works (or doesn't). schwarzeneggar's unending run of special elections is very out of the ordinary, and has exhausted voters accustomed to being able to ignore politics for at least a year or so between elections.

in a system where prime ministers call snap elections, and parliaments vote on their successors, heirs apparent would tend to be more set up, i would imagine. i'm pretty sure a president would have to murder someone with their own hands on TV to have to resign (and even then cheney shot a man in the face with a shotgun (and he apologized), so there you go).

by wu ming on Thu Jun 3rd, 2010 at 01:32:43 PM EST

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