You read that right. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has begun an intense lobbying effort to change U.S. law to allow him to run for President in 2016.
You have to wonder if the effort is successful, would Jon Fleischman’s man crush for the Governator come back in full bloom?
From the New York Post:
One source said: “Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.”
Arnie was born in Austria, and the US Constitution prevents foreign-born citizens from holding the nation’s top job. Any amendment to the Constitution must be approved by two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate.
But Arnold, who became a US citizen in 1983, still could mount a legal challenge. In 2010, he appeared on the ‘Tonight Show,’ and was asked by Jay Leno if he would make a White House run if the law were changed.
Schwarzenegger replied, “Without any doubt.” With America becoming more diverse, it is not clear what would happen if Arnie or any other foreign-born naturalized citizen decided to run.
Columbia University Law School professor Michael Dorf, an expert in constitutional law, said about the Governator’s case in 2007, “The law is very clear, but it’s not 100 percent clear that the courts would enforce that law rather than leave it to the political process.”
I’m not sure that Schwarzenegger’s ability to sway the American people to change the Constitution would be as successful as seducing his Latina housekeeper.
But from a straight political scorecard, Arnold took over from a governor who wasn’t doing that bad of a job and in true George W. Bush fashion, left behind a mess that’s taken a competent Democratic governor a few years to clean up. California is on sound footing now thanks to Governor Brown.
Should Arnold get the change to the Constitution needed for a run in 2016, managing to defeat Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, beat a Democratic challenger to get elected President and do for America what he did for California, it’s enough to make Americans long for the days of George W. Bush as president.