There is Only One President at a Time  

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This has been the hallmark, so far, of the incoming Obama administration. It's probably the only thing that I agree with him on so far. Obama has been one of the most public Presidents-elect that we have had.

Section 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

That is what the Constitution says, and I want to congratulate Obama for his (possibly) first originalist interpretation of the Constitution. (It will probably be the last.)

Members of Congress, though, are not happy with this.

"He's going to have to be more assertive than he's been," House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., told consumer advocates Thursday.

"At a time of great crisis with mortgage foreclosures and autos, he says we only have one president at a time," Frank said. "I'm afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He's got to remedy that situation."

Overstating the number of presidents? So, we have no president? Good one, Frank.

Frankly, I can't blame Bush for choosing the path of inaction, if that were the path he was following. Just because he doesn't want to use money set aside to bail out the mortgage and banking industry for bailing out the auto industry doesn't mean that he is taking the path of inaction.

Frank goes on to say, "Having lived with this very right wing Republican group that runs the House most of the time, the notion of trying to deal with them as if we could be post-partisan gives me post-partisan depression,"

In case Frank mised it, the Democrats have had control of the House for most of the last 50 years. He also points out the Democrat strategy. There is no way that there will be any 'reaching across the aisle' during the next two years. The only reaching that I foresee will be by RINO's attempting to save their jobs when the conservative backlash hits at the next Congressional election.


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