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Sunday November 3, 2013. Daylight Losing Time; All Hallows Day. And in one fantasy story, St. Hammer-and-Sickle's Day.

***David Tenner in soc.history.what-if: "Richard Albert. 'The Constitutional Politics of Presidential Succession,' Hofstra Law Review 39, no.3 (2011): 497-576, http://tinyurl.com/kr2wlp5 argues that the current system is all wrong and proposes an alternative I have never seen mentioned before...."

I downloaded the PDF. "Here is what I suggest: the solution is to revise the order of succession to insert former living Presidents—in reverse chronological order of service, beginning with former Presidents of the same party as the unavailable president—into the line of succession and to concurrently remove the Speaker of the House and the Senate President pro tempore. Under this new presidential succession sequence, a former President will serve only temporarily until a special election is held to elect a new head of state. Former Presidents are the only ones equipped with the proven competence, domestic repute, and foreign stature needed to pull the United States out of the depths of disaster. Moreover, they are known quantities seen as motivated by the public interest and not driven by political posturing."

"To illustrate the line of succession more vividly, here is the order of presidential succession assuming it had been activated on March 1, 2010, under the administration of President Barack Obama: assuming Vice President Joe Biden were unavailable, the first four statutory successors would be former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and George H. W. Bush, followed by the Cabinet."

Note: Hypothetical Presidents and successors are referred to as "she" and "her," with one exception that I spotted.

Commenters on the newsgroup were divided between those who thought it was a stupid idea and those who thought it was an outstandingly stupid idea.

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