Saturday, June 12, 2004
I'm not going to contribute to the economic discussion you have running with Dan, but you're wrong about Kerry losing his seat.
At this juncture Teddy is correct; since John Kerry has not stepped down from his Senate Seat this is a moot point. The problem is that the Constitution prohibits you from being the President and being a Senator.
No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time: and no person holding any office under the United States, shall be a member of either House during his continuance in office. -- Article 1 Section 6.
He's not up for election in 2004 as a senator, so if he does not win the presidency (I know it seems unrealistic, but just go with me for a minute), he will continue to be a senator.
So he's hedging his bets. How confident is he that he will actually win the Presidency if he doesn't step down from his post as Senator?
It's true that a Republican may be his replacement when he wins, but it's untrue to suggest he has lost a seat simply by running.
By the way, have you looked at recent polls? Do they cause you physical pain?
No, we're months out and the price of oil is heading to collapse. Cite the LA Times poll to strengthen your argument.