When the President-elect dies just two days after his close victory, the assumption is that his running mate steps up. After all, isn't that the way the constitution works? Well actually - no. Because as we're reminded every four years, but always ignore, until the electoral college meets in December NOBODY has been elected and with the candidate dead, the electors can indeed vote for the vice-presidential candidate - or they can vote for the other guy, their mothers-in-law or Geraldo Rivera, for that matter. The rules are out the window.
This is a work of fiction but we should me reminded that our election is coming and ... what if?
Jennifer K. reviewed The People's Choice: A Cautionary Tale on
This book is perfect for political junkies. It sounds nerdy but it's a lot of fun! From the backcover: "What happens if the President-elect of the United States dies before the Electoral College has a chance to officially vote him in? What happens if the Vice-President-elect is a man who nobody dreams could be President? What happens if the highest office in the land is suddenly up for grabs--and the most ruthless pols, the smoothest power brokers, the minions of the media, and just plain ordinary citizens get into the wildest act in the three-ring circus of American politics?"