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Editor says, what if a different kind of term limits was proposed? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 2008,just days after Barack Obama's landslide defeat at the polls, the Democratic Party proposed a "no more amateurs amendment".
No More Amateurs AmendmentUnder this principle of progression of offices, candidates would be required to serve two full terms as either senator or governor as a condition of eligibility for the Presidency.
Because inside the beltway, it was fully understood that the US had constructed a political maze that only the insiders could understand. But suitable experienced candidates such as six-term senator Joe Biden were always disadvantaged by populist candidates such as Obama who were less experienced but more photogenic. And worse, such an imbalance also ran the larger risk of a dysfunctional government whereby the electorate would be tempted to vote for a progressive candidate of hope that would inevitably fail to enact the promised kind of legislative program. Whereas a terms-limit would ensure the Chief Magistrate had a record of voting that would unambiguously demonstrate their ability to build bipartisan support on the Hill.
Editor says, this idea was developed with Scott Palter, also the flipside whereby the original constitution required such a two-term service as a condition of eligibility. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.