One thing which has always bothered me in the list of Presidential Succession is having the President Pro Tem of the Senate 3rd on the list to become President if the President died. The President Pro Tem is usually the longest serving member of the majority party. Many questionable people have served as President Pro Tem over the years. As a Democrat, I would not want Robert Byrd to ever become President. I doubt even the most fanatical Republican would have wanted Strom Thurmond to serve as President.
I believe strongly that the law regarding Presidential Succession should be changed immediately to have the Majority Leader replace the President Pro Tem on the list of succession. Any tragedy which would have resulted in the death of the President, Vice President, and Speaker of the House will surely require the political skill of someone such as the Majority Leader. Here is a list of those who have served as Majority Leader.
Ted Stevens is the current President Pro Tem. His only accomplishments in the Senate are funneling as much pork as possible to Alaska. Ditto Robert Byrd. Strong Thurmond was barely cognizant during his last term. I am aware that Byrd served as Majorty Leader back in the 1980s. No order of succession will ever be perfect. However, I’d rather take my chance on a Majority Leader than the President Pro Tem.
Anyone have a reasonable argument as to why the President Pro Tem should remain on the list?