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Old 03-26-2020, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Great Antibob View Post
Also, apparently there's no Constitutional requirement the Speaker be a sitting member of the House, but this precedent has never been broken and is unlikely to be anytime soon.
So if there's no election and no House, does that mean that Pelosi is still Speaker on Jan 20th?
Old 03-26-2020, 09:28 PM
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First of all, the federal government doesn’t control elections except to require that the states have them. The individual states control their elections. A state refusing to hold elections or perform a transparent count would be an extraordinary breach of Constitutional protocol, and while Trump has attempted to pack the Supreme Court with as many conservative-leaning justices as he can, no justice—even Brett ‘Devil’s Triangle is a drinking game’ Kavanaugh isn’t going to go along with that.

As for Trump refusing the leave the White House...please, the gods, let it happen! The image of the Secret Service dragging Trump out by his ankles and dumping him on Pennsylvania Ave is just too delicious. But seriously, all they would have to do to get Trump to leave is have the White House kitchen only serve a menu of grilled salmon with roasted red potatoes and tenderly sauteed Brussels sprouts, and Trump would have to make a speed run for the nearest KFC to keep his saturated oil blood levels up, and then they could just shut the gates behind him.

Old 03-27-2020, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by OldGuy View Post
So if there's no election and no House, does that mean that Pelosi is still Speaker on Jan 20th?
No, new Term, new Speaker selection. This is typically a formality when the majority doesn't change, which is why you never hear about it. "Majority Party decides to keep same Speaker" is up there with "Dog Bites Man" in exciting headlines.

Note there will be elections somewhere. Maybe a few states float that idea because individual states hold elections - not the federal government, but there will be at least one that will hold them. The others will follow along if it becomes clear the House (and Presidential electors) will be dominated by states that did not cancel.

This is one area where conservative governors/states won't go with Trump if he suggests it. They aren't going to slit their own necks for him.

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Old 03-27-2020, 10:53 AM
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If there's anything I know about that man is that he never has nor ever will take responsibility for anything. You are far more likely to get a "Heil Hitler" out of him than a "My bad" and there isn't a even a tiny hint of a joke in there, I'm dead serious.

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