HuffPo wants you to think that Paul Ryan would pick the next president should no candidate reach the magic 270 of electoral votes.
The article incomes the 12th Amendment to lay out the scenario that a third party Presidential candidate would result in no candidate getting the majority of the Electoral College, thus throwing the picking of the president to Congress.
But the premise that Speaker Ryan would select the next President… well… he won’t… they don’t know their Civics.
The way it works if nobody gets the majority… The Senate, with one vote, will choose the Vice-President from the top TWO VP finishers. That individual automatically becomes the acting President while the House chooses the President from among the THREE top finishers for President.
However… each of the 50 states votes as a single vote. There is no process through the Constitution to determine how each state will determine which way it votes. Just because you have more GOP or DEM in your state doesn’t mean your state has to vote that way. So with the ridiculous level of obstructionism going on, it is possible that NO candidate will reach 26 votes in the House. The House continues this until they reach a candidate. The Speaker of the House carries NO weight with how each state would choose to vote.
But what could potentially cause a Constitutional Crisis, in this environment of obstructionism, is that in the Senate you can block any Senate vote by a Filibuster, and need 60 Senators to shut a filibuster off. So even the one-and-done vote for a Vice-President could be delayed adnauseum.
What I’m not clear on, is if this vote will be taken by the old or new Congress… which matters because some will not get re-elected and the Senate could change from GOP to DEM control with the election.
With what is happening in the election season… there are going to be a lot of “what ifs” thrown about… let’s hope that those who throw them out at least do their homework.