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What If Bloomberg Actually Runs?
A three-way race invites a constitutional crisis, according to Bruce Ackerman in today's LA Times. In his article, posted here, Ackerman points out several possibly negative consequences of a presidential race that gets decided in the House of Representatives.
Here's Bruce Ackerman's piece that appeared in the February 25 issue of the Los Angeles Times. It appeared on the Op-Ed page.
Ackerman is a professor of law and political science at Yale and is author of a book, "The Failure of the Founding Fathers", in which he discusses the origins of the 12th Amendment.
The 12th Amendment governs how a president is chosen in the event a candidate doesn't win 270 votes in the electoral college.
Ackerman points out some very interesting issues voters should at least know about.
I personally don't fear the idea that the election might get decided in the House.
Such a dramatic turn of events might turn into the "wake up call" America needs at this time in its history. How do we really want our political system to work?
Clearly it's not working now, which is why a third-party run is being taken seriously.
And if our system becomes a three-party system instead of the now increasingly dysfunctional two-party system, maybe that would be a good thing.
Sometimes it takes a crisis to lead to a breakthrough. But, as Ackerman points out, let's go into this election season with our eyes open.