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Reply #114: Boy, it is INCREDIBLY easier to stop candidate from office, than to kick out President w/ power [View All]

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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:38 PM
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114. Boy, it is INCREDIBLY easier to stop candidate from office, than to kick out President w/ power
You speak of a "coup" by the legislative branch, that's your word not mine. They would purport to do whatever it is they would do as being wrapped in the sacred obligations of the constitution, of course, just as Donofrio freely admits on the web that obama and mccain are honorable and loyal citizens, but the technicalities of the constitution simply MUST be enforced, he claims, even if unfair.

To answer your question, briefly because it's not a hard or even good question, it's much much harder to kick out a sitting president with an entire federal government at his command not to mention the military forces and FBI, than it is to keep someone as president-elect from obtaining that power in the first place, via an electoral college post-hoc "eligibility" attack. AT that level, the candidate or president-elect does not yet have command of any resources, attorneys general, armies, navies, police forces, etc.

Plus unlike most of impeachment, Congress gets to make up a great deal of its own supposed authority, and standards of decision, when it comes to eligibility. If decided in the Supreme Court it would be a case of first impression. The degree of freedom would be perceptibly greater if congress takes the ball and runs with it.
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