By P. Abbott
One of many regularly acknowledged virtues of recent constitutional democracies is their skill to insure trustworthy and approved tools of political succession via election. This publication specializes in one specific, notwithstanding no longer unusual, problem within the democratic mode of political succession: American vice-presidents who think workplace as a result dying, assassination or resignation of a president. 3 easy ideas by means of “accidental presidents” to set up and improve their legitimacy are pointed out and evaluated. whereas none are reliably winning, each one offers a lens to check the character of presidential strength and authority in addition to to give a contribution to a democratic conception of succession.
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Extra info for Accidental Presidents: Death, Assassination, Resignation, and Democratic Succession (The Evolving American Presidency)
9 In the following months, Tyler’s position on the restoration of the Bank of the United States, as well as other major Whig initiatives, led to a series of conflicts with Congress that not only defined his administration and set the future of the Whig Party but also provided a strategic model for later accidental presidents. ” This is not to say, however, that this role could not be forced upon the president by others. Tyler had no base of his own in the Whig Party. His cabinet had no reason to be loyal to him.
By receiving the credit for returning the nation to prosperity, they would not only be rewarded by voters, but other items on their agenda would also be enhanced. And finally, the re-creation of the bank would be a final blow to the Jacksonian legacy. The idea of running a nation without a central financial institution, especially after Van Buren’s effort to find a reliable alternative, would be permanently discredited. Tyler’s second veto demolished this vision. When Whigs resorted to centering other portions of their agenda, they found that Tyler’s vetoes were even more difficult to challenge.
When Calhoun produced a treaty with Texas in April, Tyler’s reasons for supporting annexation for the Senate were different from those of his new secretary. 18 Even the Senate’s resounding opposition to the treaty by a vote of 35 to 16, did not necessary thwart Tyler’s plans at this point. Democrats, largely as a result of Van Buren’s opposition to annexation, nominated Polk, who favored the treaty. States’ rights Democrats and Whigs who benefited from the president’s patronage nominated Tyler at a convention in Baltimore on a third party Democratic-Republican ticket.
Accidental Presidents: Death, Assassination, Resignation, and Democratic Succession (The Evolving American Presidency) by P. Abbott