Here's an interesting story idea that I will never write, but someone who does political thrillers might find worthwhile:
President is given no power by the Constitution to remove a
Vice-President from office. Unlike any other type of official appointed
by the Prez, the V-P cannot be "fired." Only Congress can remove a V-P
via impeachment process.
And Vice-Presidents have historically
had their power limited in part by Congress (and other Cabinet heads)
practically revolting when Presidents have even tried to delegate any
real power or major projects to their V-P.
The President would be
stuck, at least until the end of the term (at which time he/she could
simply not choose to have that person run with them again). Congress would refuse to impeach the V-P and the V-P could be up to all sorts of shenanigans.
You'd have a
civil war inside the Executive Branch, with the V-P supported by the
majority of the Legislative Branch.
Imagine, for example, a fictional version of Barack Obama as the President.... and imagine that Joe Biden turned out to be a sort of Ted Cruz in disguise. And that fact doesn't get revealed until a few months into the term, at the earliest. Oh the fun that could be had, story-wise...!
That's just sort of a jumping-off point. Do with that what you will. But hurry up-- I want to read it!
Van Allen Plexico
is an award-winning SF/adventure novelist and non-fiction writer and
podcaster, as well as an associate professor of Political Science and
You can read Van's own interstellar saga of politics, religion and cosmic warfare in "The Shattering" from White Rocket Books, available here. The third volume of the Legion trilogy recently won Novel of the Year in the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards.
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