Assume the US had a politician with the approval ratings of Putin, a consistent 80% approval rating. This person was perceived as being competent and being able to make things better, so people wanted them in power for as long as possible. If that person wanted to have a hand in major national politics, but didn’t want to change the rules how could they do it?
They could be president for 8 years, but then what? Can you become VP and then have the president retire, and just keep doing that? Just keep running as VP, then have the president resign on his first day in office? Or does the 22nd amendment prohibit that? I’m having trouble deciphering it but it seems to only say you can’t be elected president more than 2x, it doesn’t say you aren’t allowed to be elected VP more than 2x and then take over when the president resigns.
Or is there another position in politics where that person could maintain power? If so, what would it be? Would it be a legislative position like speaker of the house or senate majority leader, or would staying in the executive branch be best? If so, what position? Chief of staff?