The Lame Left
How in the world did Matt "the USA would have been even awesomer if we had stayed a colony of England" Yglesias get a job blogging for the Atlantic
Like everyone else in DC, I’m pondering the so-called “Veepstakes” — Evan Bayh? Joe Biden? Jack Reed? Sebelius? — except unlike a lot of people I’m having a hard time developing really strong opinions about it. Which reminds me of one pretty strongly-held opinion of mine: We should eliminate the office of the Vice Presidency.
Is there no end to the reformist impulse? Yglesias goes on to say that he thinks we should just change the order of succession, cutting the speaker of the house and the Senate President Pro Tem out of the mix, so that the next in line is Secretary of State.
Of course, as pointed out by numerous commenters, this would just make the Secretary of State even more of a political office than it already is. Plus, what happens, say, if the President-Elect dies before taking office? What happens if he dies after taking office but before his cabinet has been approved.
But it's the kind of "change for the sake of change" that would appeal to somebody like Matt.