Congrats to Fabius Maximus

For receiving 59 comments (at last count — wait a minute — 62) on his post about John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

The question of qualification to hold the most powerful office in the world is an interesting one.  The Constitution does set out qualifications, but they are minimal:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. (Article II, Section 1)

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. (20th Amendment)

Should there be other formal qualifications?  Should the American people expect some level of accomplishment before they bestow the office?  These are important questions, but, alas, not within the purview of this site.

I suggest you join me over at Fabius Maximus’s place if you’d like to continue this discussion.

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One Response to “Congrats to Fabius Maximus”

  1. Duncan C Kinderon 01 Sep 2008 at 10:26 am 1

    Abraham Lincoln’s resume was pretty thin.

    Herbert Hoover’s, on the other hand, was outstanding.

    Actually, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s resume it pretty thin. Yet were he native born, he would be Republican nominee right now.

    Palin’s problem right now is not that because of her resume she is QED a jerk. Rather, the problem with having a Palin as VP is that – right now – we know more about Michael than we do about Sarah.