“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said. “You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”
The comment — which came during a discussion of the economy — perked more than a few ears. It’s unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious — but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea. (Read her full remarks below.)
Barack Obama is, in some ways, in same position as Charles I of England was in 1629: from his view, he would be better off if he could send Congress home for the duration…We are headed to a major “constitutional” crisis. Coming to an agreement on this only puts it off, but come it will.
But the U.S. Constitution (that pesky document) makes such a move difficult. Article 2, Section 3 states that the President “…in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper…” So he can only give congress the boot in the case when they can’t agree on a time to adjourn. As I noted, this was in response to Charles I’s difficulties. And actually Governor Perdue is calling for something more serious than proroguing: she’s thinking about skipping an election!
We see now that the left’s enamourment with democratic process is wearing thin with their inability to control the results. We are a step (or several, now we have Peter Orszag’s comment) when someone will get the nerve to act on their convictions.