Some small minded anti-Canadian emigre know-nothings want to argue that Mark Steyn is prohibited by Article I Section 3 of the Constitution from seeking the Senate seat currently held by Jeanne Shaheen, of whom you have probably never heard and who has herself voted for serial assaults on the Constitution and stood idly by while the president ransacks it for the bits he likes and tosses those he doesn’t. (See this week’s decision in the Yucca Mountain case in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals: “This case raises significant questions about the scope of the Executive’s authority to disregard federal statutes.”)
Well, even the Constitution-minded can take a look at the 17th Amendment, Scalia style (just the text please):
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
No savings-clause here. As far as this goes, I can run for the Senate seat and I don’t live there. Mark Steyn does. Take the papers out, Mark, and lets be treated to the spectacle of anti-Constitutionalists-in-everything-else arguing for a narrow interpretation of the 17th Amendment.
I’d like Mark to run so that someone takes on Shaheen who actually understands the actual stakes in Egypt. The president doesn’t, and by weekend’s end, the stakes are going to be higher still. My Townhall.com piece from yesterday makes the case clearly as did Steyn in his appearance on my show yesterday: You get to choose the military or the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s it. That’s the reality.
Not for the president, Hillary or Hillary’s successor-in-interest to the disasters she left behind, John Kerry. They don’t understand or refuse to acknowledge what the Brotherhood is, wants, and will do if it gets power back. No time to read The Looming Tower for them. The first tee beckons.