Biden supporters contemplate using Obama as ‘Plan C’ ticket

By Bob Unruh

Joe Biden and Barack Obama walk along the West Colonnade of the White House Tuesday, April 5, 2022, after attending an Affordable Care Act event. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)
Joe Biden and Barack Obama walk along the West Colonnade of the White House Tuesday, April 5, 2022, after attending an Affordable Care Act event. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

That Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is in disarray is evident for all to see. He’s recently complained he gets tired so has to quit doing events after 8 p.m. and his debate performance has been panned on a bipartisan basis as a catastrophe.

So the solution? The Democrats’ longtime hero and leftist who worked to expand government and reduce the rights of Americans: Barack Obama.

But hasn’t he been elected twice already, and the Constitution limits presidents to two terms?

Yes, but then “Plan C” comes in, according to a report from Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard.

He described the plan already being outlined to help Biden’s “wounded re-election effort” involves replacing the widely disliked Kamala Harris as the vice presidential nominee with Obama, who was in the White House following 2008 and 2012 elections.

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“A Biden-Obama ticket would have a much better chance of beating Trump,” said John Banzhaf, a teacher at George Washington University Law School. “Barack Obama is probably one of the few persons whom a majority of Americans would want and trust as president, so Plan C might be the least objectionable of a number of very unpopular and dubious options now open to Biden and the Democratic Party.”

While Americans’ desire to have Biden as the Democrat nominee, or president, is collapsing, the desire for Kamala Harris is even less.

Banzhaf claimed that “constitutional scholars” would give Obama a pass on claims his position in the No. 2 slot on the Democrat nomination would violate the 12th and 22nd amendments.

“The 22nd Amendment, which is most frequently cited as a bar to Barack Obama ever serving as president again, doesn’t — according to its carefully crafted and very narrow exclusionary language,” Banzhaf alleged.

The Examiner reported, “The key sentence in the amendment says, ‘No person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice, and no person who has held the office of the president, or acted as president, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president shall be elected to the office of the president more than once.'”

Banzhaf said that language “doesn’t prohibit him from being elected as vice president, and subsequently becoming president by succession without ever being elected to the office again.”

That opinion has yet to be tested in the courts.

He similarly dismissed concerns over the 12th Amendment, telling the Examiner in an email, “According to the overly precise language deliberately carefully chosen by the drafters, Obama cannot ‘be elected to the office of the president,’ but there’s nothing to say that he cannot be elected to the office of the vice president, and then succeed to the presidency if Biden becomes unable to perform his presidential duties or simply resigns. In other words, Obama is not now ‘ineligible to the office of president’ and therefore ineligible to run for vice-president; rather he is only ineligible to be ‘elected’ to the office of the president, not ineligible to attain the office by succession.”

The scheme he has described would have Biden get elected using Obama’s name on the ticket, then quit, leaving Obama once again in the Oval Office with leave to further pursue his insistence for “fundamental” changes in America.

Banzhaf has publicly taken an anti-Trump position, complaining to Georgia officials that while president, Trump appeared to break three laws during a post-election telephone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

He said those were conspiracy to commit election fraud, solicitation to commit election fraud and intereference with an election.

Banzhaf continued “Rather than simply offering the public the opportunity to have a second-term Biden president supported and backstopped by a very popular and clearly very capable former president Obama, and having someone with experience and a proven record as commander in chief should Biden not be able to continue to serve at anytime during a second four-year term, Biden might even consider announcing before the election that, if elected president, he would resign shortly after his inauguration so that Obama can then become president.”

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