[extropy-chat] Politics: US talks of suspending elections

Brian Lee brian_a_lee at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 13 13:23:51 UTC 2004

>From: Adrian Tymes <wingcat at pacbell.net>
>To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
>Subject: Re: [extropy-chat] Politics: US talks of suspending elections
>Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 16:34:30 -0700 (PDT)
>Although...what would happen if both Bush and Kerry
>were in town when it was nuked?  (They'll probably be
>back home voting for at least part of the day, but jet
>trips to DC don't take 24 hours.)  Technically, the
>election should resume as soon as possible - and
>since neither the Democratic nor the Republican
>parties are official parts of government, their sudden
>lack of candidates would have no legal bearing on how
>soon those elections could take place.  There would be
>legal challenges for sure, but the letter of the law
>would throw the presidency open to third parties only
>in such a scenario (unless either major party managed
>to throw primaries together or otherwise agree on a
>new nominee, say the second/third place winner from
>this spring's primaries, in record time - which one or
>the other might well do if it was opportunistic and

So only Nader would be left on the ballots? I guess he finally has a 
scenario for election success.

My guess is that if DC got nuked, Cheney would not be there. Bush and Cheney 
are rarely together these days. So Cheney would become president and declare 
martial law. Then new elections would be scheduled and carried out.


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