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« on: December 27, 2008, 03:10:35 am »
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who?
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2008, 12:57:52 pm »
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Whoever succeeded Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2008, 01:25:17 pm »
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There's presumably a statute somewhere that covers this....though, after Jacob's suggestion, Robert Gates is another quasi-plausible result.  Depends on the timing, though.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2008, 03:11:38 pm »
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There's presumably a statute somewhere that covers this....though, after Jacob's suggestion, Robert Gates is another quasi-plausible result.  Depends on the timing, though.

Obama's plans to nominate someone for a cabinet position wouldn't have any constitutional standing though. If Obama is never sworn in as President, his preference for Defense Secretary wouldn't matter.
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2008, 08:43:48 pm »
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There's presumably a statute somewhere that covers this....though, after Jacob's suggestion, Robert Gates is another quasi-plausible result.  Depends on the timing, though.

Obama's plans to nominate someone for a cabinet position wouldn't have any constitutional standing though. If Obama is never sworn in as President, his preference for Defense Secretary wouldn't matter.

Gates is already SoD and will not need renomination.  If Obama, Biden, Pelosi, and Byrd all kick the bucket so that there is not time for the Senate to select a President pro tem, or the House to elect a Speaker before noon on January 20, then under the current law, we'd have a very curious situation.  The senior eligible cabinet officer remaining would become President at noon on January 20.

Peculiarly if Bush and Cheney also die at that time, we'd need two cabinet officers someplace safe to maintain the order of succession.  The first would take office immediately, but would leave office at noon on January 20 to be succeeded by the next most senior cabinet officer.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 01:06:47 am »
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The next person in line.

The interesting question is what would have happened had Obama and Biden died before the electoral college meet?
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 02:51:59 am »
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Not really. One advantage of an electoral college is that the democratic electors would have likely met and picked someone - with consultation with the party of course - which means probably Clinton.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2011, 03:42:59 am »
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This subject is tackled in this thread:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=88095.0
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