Dan Rather: New presidents should take over on December 1

posted at 3:25 pm on December 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

Skip ahead to 4:10 or try to endure Eugene Robinson if you dare. As hard as it is to take Document Dan seriously, especially on matters involving Bush, there are virtues to this. A four-month interregnum was deemed too long for uncertainty in a fast-moving world circa 1933; 75 years later, we’re still stuck with two and a half months. The only good reason not to abbreviate it that I can think of is that it’d complicate the tail end of presidential campaigns with advanced transition planning in order to install the new administration immediately. That means forcing the candidates to choose their cabinets while the race is still on, which is great insofar as it means less campaigning and not so great insofar as it means crucial appointments are being made amid the distraction of an election. It’s do-able — modern campaigns are as sprawling as corporations, so surely a cabinet R&D team could be added — but not optimal.

Given the trade-offs, how soon, reasonably, could Inauguration Day be held? The One had his transition team up and running by late July; starting six weeks earlier, when the primaries ended in early June, might make a swearing-in around December 15 possible. There’s no reason the new president would need to have the entire cabinet ready to go by then, either. Just the important people — Defense, State, Treasury — with holdovers from the last administration lingering for a few more months until they can be replaced at leisure. That’d create a bit of weirdness, but we already have weirdness under the current arrangement with de facto co-presidents. What am I missing?


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Tacitus on December 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Constitutional Revisionist when it fits the narrative.

Kini on December 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

That would deprive W of an opportunity to turn his presiduncy around.

benny shakar on December 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

I have a feeling his opinion wouldn’t have been the same if McCain had won.

Frickin’ leave it alone nutbags.
Bush ends when he legally done.
Shills shut up. Please.

Badger40 on December 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Please, if you’re going to pick an arbitrary date, go with January 2nd. Day after New Year’s.

BKennedy on December 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

It’s already depressing enough around the holidays. Let’s start the misery sooner!

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

So, the final Christmas cards from the incumbent go out in the third and seventh years. Lame.

Christien on December 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

I’d rather NOT!

christene on December 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I don’t think the idea is that poorly considered, perhaps the date should be subject to law within confines. However, one has to remember the 2000 election fiasco (which resolved December 12, 2000) and the fact that the recount is still underway in Minnesota for the Senate Race. Whenever we have an electoral landslide it seems wise to rush it, but in 2000, we needed the time. Given the complexity of the electoral college, we could get rid of it, if we were to see an election by popular vote (but even then it might get so close as to demand a national recount).

amazingmets on December 5, 2008 at 3:33 PM

This comes from a guy who tried to impact a presidential election using a blantant forgery, who pretends to this day that it was legitimate reporting.

Howsabout this Dan? Washed up disgraced former anchors should just shut the hell up.

Akzed on December 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

He’s like Jimmy Carter. The older he gets, the more to the left he goes.

keep the change on December 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Oh brother,is Dan Rather trying to get a position
in Hopeys Administration,

how about,the Ministry of Propaganda,and Department
of Fraudulent Documents R US!

That way,Dan can get a head start on Obama’s birth
certificate soap opera!!He he.

canopfor on December 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Somebody cue Kenneth…

The frequency needs changed again.

kybowexar on December 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

OK Dan, we will have that done for when Obama leaves office. How does that sound?

Harpoon on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Hey Dan:

Old disgraced news anchors like you should get Walter Cronkite to take you out on his boat, then tie a few cinder blocks around your own neck and jump overboard in very deep water. Walter can play R.E.M.’s “What’s The Frequency Kenneth?” on his boat’s stereo system while you rid the world of your presence.

Just a suggestion.

Mr. Joe on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

What am I missing?

I think it would be a bad idea to put a new administration in at the end of a tax year.

If we’re going to get into moving dates around, I would opt for a much shorter primary season with voting all on one day. It is insane that NH and IA receive so much attention.

Y-not on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Please, if you’re going to pick an arbitrary date, go with January 2nd. Day after New Year’s.

BKennedy on December 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Can’t be on the 2nd. That’s BCS Championship day. Or something.

connertown on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

I wonder if he’ll be singing the same tune in 2012 when Sarah Palin trounces Obama?

Kafir on December 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

December 1? Hell, let’s make it Black Friday instead.

Fletch54 on December 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Hey that’s great, someone should have taken over for rather the day he was blowing around in the hurricane.

Then he wouldn’t have been blowing on CBS for his entire career.

NoDonkey on December 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Can’t be on the 2nd. That’s BCS Championship day. Or something.

connertown on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Not after Lightworker gets finished making them go to a formal playoff system.

I really think this guy thinks he’s king or something. ‘Can’t believe he’s weighed in on that and still no statement telling the No H8ers to cool their jets.

Y-not on December 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Who gives a damn what this dishonest, senile, narcissistic old bloviating windbag has to say about anything?

On the other hand, his opinion probably is more valuable than Rosie O’Donnell’s.

Wally on December 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

If a frog had pockets, he will pull out Plaxico Buress’s gun and put you out of your misery Dan.

Dan Ratherisms

Mr. Joe on December 5, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Stop fucking with the constitution! If you want real change, amend it!

rightside on December 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

washed up media hacks should retire after 60 years

joey24007 on December 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

In 2004, the rumor was that Bush would delay the election if a crisis happened. From 2004-2007, the “scandal” was that Bush would create a crisis so he could circumvent the Constitution and never step down.
Now all the people that convinced themselves of the previous two situations are advocating we circumvent the constitution and get the new President into office ASAP.
Imagine if the transition were going poorly, and people on the right were arguing we should delay Inauguration day.

These people just want what they want. They don’t even care anymore if they are consistent.

MayBee on December 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Idiot,there was traces of WMD,on 155mm shells,in
Iraq!

Still waiting for Dan Rather to aplogize!

and Murtha,

Code Pinko’s,

Reid,

Pelosi,

Slick Willy,

Carter,

Silky,

ACORN,

Barney Frank,

Dodd,

The View,

and the list will reach into affinity~!

canopfor on December 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

December 1? Hell, let’s make it Black Friday instead.

You mean Barack Friday.

keep the change on December 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

what a biased shill of a news anchor

lodge on December 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

December 1? Hell, let’s make it Black Friday instead.

Fletch54 on December 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM

You mean Barack Friday.

keep the change on December 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM


Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

You mean Barack Friday.

keep the change on December 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

When did he suddenly become Chinese?

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Why would he want to give 0 more than an extra month of opportunities to EPIC FAIL?

Christien on December 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

He’s just afraid he might die before the inauguration.

Why did he never raise this item for any other president?

Entelechy on December 5, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Constitutional Revisionist when it fits the narrative.

Kini on December 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Hello.

The Ugly American on December 5, 2008 at 3:57 PM

The Party of Convenience has spoken…

DL13 on December 5, 2008 at 3:59 PM

his opinion isn,t worth the wasted space on your hard drive.

la.rt.wngr on December 5, 2008 at 4:00 PM

The transfer of power should coincide with the Winter Solstice.

hit and run on December 5, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Right, unless you are a Republican…

yubley on December 5, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Please, if you’re going to pick an arbitrary date, go with January 2nd. Day after New Year’s.

BKennedy on December 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

At least that way it would still be the next year. Makes sense to me.

Though this co-presidency seems very strange to me, I think it’s a good idea for the incoming president to have some time. If anything, he/she has just gotten done with a long and grueling campaign. That requires at least a little bit of a break.

We all need that.

Esthier on December 5, 2008 at 4:02 PM

I’m thinking of pushing it back. Say…um…April 1st? ;)

Limerick on December 5, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Who for (1) really cares what Dan Rather says or (2) see one.

Repubtallygirl on December 5, 2008 at 4:04 PM

HA! I bet he did the COLB for The One!!!

Now he wants the tool sworn quickly in so only the Congress and Senate can try Him.

Just kidding…I haven’t gotten tried for doubting The One’s citizenship. Just treated like garbage. Even by MM and Ed.

Back to work.

IlikedAUH2O on December 5, 2008 at 4:05 PM

What happens if we have another Florida? That fun little election didn’t end until mid December.

Illinidiva on December 5, 2008 at 4:08 PM

I just remember that W had almost no time for his transition team to get things done while algore’s recounts went on and on and on and on and on on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. If the innaguration was December 1st, these idiots would be demanding a delay.

I agree that January 2d would make more sense, but come on, would Gunga Dan really be suggesting this if the outcome were different?

crazy_legs on December 5, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Right…and as soon as there’s a new GOP President-elect who so much as hints at shortening the transition track, we’ll see Gunga Dan and his lib/MSM ilk screaming their fevered guts out about an illegal and unecessarily fast transition that shreds the Constitution and doesnt save a single union job or get an unwed mom with 7 kids by 6 dudes off welfare.

Plus theres that whole forged document thing that just might bear on Rather’s credibility to open his pie-hole about anything, so, yeah…

Mike D. on December 5, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Can’t be on the 2nd. That’s BCS Championship day. Or something.

connertown on December 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM

BCS? Those meager peasants can wait for Obama’s Throne Speech.

BKennedy on December 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Dec 1st hmmmm, except that officially Obama isn’t even President-elect yet. That won’t happen until Dec 15th.

roux on December 5, 2008 at 4:18 PM

washed up media hacks should retire after 60 years

joey24007 on December 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

That washed up media hack shoulda retired after 60 minutes.

scalleywag on December 5, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Bilups: Old Dan Rathers Should Shut the Hell Up.

bilups on December 5, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Oooh, oooh, let me pick the arbitrary day:
April 1st = because we’re all Fools.
Labor Day = because it might as well be worth something besides a day I sleep in on
Bastille Day = I mean, why the H*ll not?
Hitler’s Birthday = Because I feel like it

I can pick stupid and asinine dates too, Rather, but I’ve never made up news.

mjk on December 5, 2008 at 4:23 PM

I’m tired of hearing this suggestion, it’s like the Seuss book, Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now! You can’t change the rules of the game in the middle of it. Obama hasn’t said he wants to change it, it’s just the media hacks who are saying it. If he does think that’s a great idea, like someone says, amend the constitution… AFTER you get into office. On January 20.

scalleywag on December 5, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Why don’t we move it up to the Monday after the election for the years when Democrats win, but back to March 1 when the Republicans do?

/sarc

cs89 on December 5, 2008 at 4:27 PM

keep the change on December 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Heh. Even better.

Fletch54 on December 5, 2008 at 4:30 PM

When did he suddenly become Chinese?
Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

That’s Fliday, you plick.

Fletch54 on December 5, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Wow, Dan Rather is looking ancient.

But for entertainment value, Dec 1 sounds good this time around. It’s always amusing to see a little boy trying on his dad’s suits, and I think this is what I think we have in store.

ddrintn on December 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Appointments during the campaign might not be a bad thing. It would be good to see who these people are going to choose to surround themselves with throughout their term, should they win. Doing it this way might cause them to actually keep some of their campaign promises, since the people are already chosen.

Sir Corky on December 5, 2008 at 4:38 PM

What am I missing?

Allah, not sure what your living arrangements are, but landlord-tenent laws usually require at least a 30-day notice for eviction.
I know this isn’t quite as relevant at the end of two terms, but say the president lost re-election at the end of his/her first term, I believe a president should have more than 30 days to vacate.

captconrad on December 5, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Dan Rather, rehabilitated moron.

johnsteele on December 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM

A December 1 inauguration? That would have worked well in 2000, when lawsuits by Al Gore were still pending until December 12.

Besides, it’s now December 5 and we still don’t know whether Barack Hussein Obama Jr. was, in the Boss’ words, “Born in the U.S.A.”.

Steve Z on December 5, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I don’t remember this ever being an issue before the totalitarians of this country elected King Berry.

Count to 10 on December 5, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Poor Danny hates those pesky rules.

Mrs. Happy Housewife on December 5, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Who is Dan Rather?

Special Forces Grunt on December 5, 2008 at 4:57 PM

You mean Barack Friday.

keep the change on December 5, 2008 at 3:45 PM

When did he suddenly become Chinese?

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Japanese, Japanese!

Count to 10 on December 5, 2008 at 4:58 PM

W had almost no time for his transition team to get things done while algore’s recounts went on and on and on and on and on on and on and on and on and on and on

Some of us remember this time only too well. Bush was delayed not only by the recount/legal machinations, but was also stymied by the stupid, shameful shenanigans of the immature, assinine Clinton White House sopho-moronic staff who thought it was make things difficult…like it was really funny to screw with the computer keys and other pranks. One more time: Shame on the Clinton WH.

Please contrast the 2000 transition to that of 2008, where Bush is working overtime to insure a smooth tranfer of power to keep us safe. Obama is one lucky fella – and so are we – to have a responsible adult in the White House…for a change.

marybel on December 5, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Why do I never hear these types of stories when a (R) wins to replace a (D) ?

VolMagic on December 5, 2008 at 5:05 PM

who gives a flying piece of crap what this washed over has been news reader has to say?

I’m sick and tired of these ‘talking heads’ spouting their opinion as if it is more important than the rest of the nation.

Get over it people! Stop being pushed around and swayed like a bunch of lemmings!

gatorboy on December 5, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Oh, come on…think of the timing. It’s December 5th…too late to do the 1 December inauguration for this incoming Administration. The first time this could happen is in 2012…giving us a shorter Obama Administration.

Go, Dan, go!

James on December 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM

We’ll see how eager they are to get the old guy out and the new guy in the next time it’s a Dem handing off to a Rep.

I’m all for making a change to the process if it’s a well thought out change that makes sense.

If it’s an emotional change because you can’t wait for history to be made, that’s a different issue all together.

Besides, you might be able to put a decent cabinet together in a single month, but The One definitely needs the full 2.5 months to plan his world-wide inauguration celebration.

JadeNYU on December 5, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Electoral College meets on which day?

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on December 5, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Also, given how long it may take to count and recount any ballots if there is another Florida, that has to be taken into account as well.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on December 5, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Only Obama and his sycophants and idolaters believe he is a co-president. That is what you are missing.

rlwo2008 on December 5, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Urinalists should be fired for manufacturing news also!

grapeknutz on December 5, 2008 at 5:54 PM

In other breaking news: Dan Rather is still alive.

Blacklake on December 5, 2008 at 5:57 PM

December 1st? Dan Blather is disgraced idiot and should just go away.

Zorro on December 5, 2008 at 6:00 PM

They’re sooooo anxious for the Lightworker to start working his magic, but yet at the same time we’re told not to expect too much. Go figure.

ddrintn on December 5, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Why does Rather still matter? (Hmm, sounds like a protest sign LOL)

Seriously, hand in your journalist card NOW, Mr Blather.

bryan2369 on December 5, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Except doesn’t in make sense to take over on January 1st since it is the start of a new year?

3 weeks isn’t enough to put an admin together.

nitzsche on December 5, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Given the media’s love for this particular president-elect, I’m really surprised Rather didn’t recommend moving Inauguration Day up to Dec. 25.

On the other hand, back in 1980, with double-digit inflation, unemployment over eight percent and the hostages entering their second year of captivity in Iran, the only person Dan really was itching to have move up their retirement date to give the American public some bold, fresh leadership was Walter Cronkite.

jon1979 on December 5, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Amazing the ‘changes’ that need to be made when the in-coming president is a Democrat. Wonder what the feeling would be if it were a Republican replacing a Democrat. Bet that would be ‘different’. Nuance.

GarandFan on December 5, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Given the problems which can occur I think the present timetable is sound. We need to allow time for for a re-count, and to do thorough vetting and security checks for cabinet member selections. Rushing things may appeal to some, but if this process had been speeded up much, John Edwards might have been the vice presidential candidate. Of course, that could have been a feature, not a bug, when his infidelity problem finally came out in the British press and the tabloids here.

Orson Buggeigh on December 5, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Sorry, I couldn’t watch this crap. Tried, but it totally pissed me off. I guess that is MSMBC’s version of “fair and balanced.”

Neocon Peg on December 5, 2008 at 9:15 PM

For this incoming Administration, I believe April 1 to be a better date.

Sekhmet on December 5, 2008 at 9:25 PM

What are you missing, AP?

Quite a lot. Aside from allowing time for disputed vote counts from state to state (hence the delayed electoral college vote), it’s not just a matter of making cabinet picks. Its filling hundreds of sub-cabinet level positions – which requires vetting mountains of resumes (some of which would certainly never be submitted till the outcome of the election is actually known) as well as interviews and security vetting of any potential hires. Anyone who comes from outside DC, will have to make make housing and moving arrangements, along with enrolling children in schools, etc.

That’s all pretty much before you even begin to start bringing people up to speed with intel and departmental briefings, and start working up policy as a team. And of course, there’s an inauguration to arrange — which is probably the small potatoes part.

If we’re going to truncate anything, let’s take time off the front end of the campaign season. Please!

JM Hanes on December 5, 2008 at 10:08 PM

The prototype Anchor Baby Dan’s severe case of the Liberal mental disorder / STD known as chronic Cronkitis usually flares up the time of year when global cooling sets it. It’s okay Gunga Dan. We know you caught it from the anchor’s chair of your predecessor. That’s better Dan, just try not to yank on the buckles at the end of your sleeves until the Prolixin kicks in.

viking01 on December 5, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Whatever benny – it would deprive the DemonRats one last attempt at chimpeachment.

MBP1982 on December 6, 2008 at 12:03 AM

Yeah dan, Great idea… But first

1. Find out what the frequency is for Kenneth

2. Produce a document from 1970 stating the case for this that was done using MS Word 2007 on a color laser printer.

Since Dopey Dan is being silly, I guess I can too.. Here is an idea.. I think GWB still has some of his flying skills. He should have the right to challenge obama to an aerial duel. Get a pair of vintage F-102s and hang a couple of falcons on them. They get to 20k feet with 2 miles separation and then the fights on… As I said, that makes as much sense as Dummy Dan’s idiotic blathering. Winner can either take the presidency or name his successor.

Oops, the libs will say that isn’t fair, after all obama never served in the military and was too busy reading Marx and Engles to have read something like the flight manual for a 102.. silly me..

bullseye on December 6, 2008 at 1:40 AM

Maybe Dan thinks Obama will proclaim the Killian Memo real through some divine caveat.

hepcat on December 6, 2008 at 2:29 AM

dan rather is a phoney who gives himself more credit than he is due.

kanda on December 6, 2008 at 6:38 AM

Speaking of early mandatory retirement, I recommend mandatory retirement for TV readers who brodcast known lies.

Amazed on December 6, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Dan Rather: New presidents should take over on December 1

And old disgraced news people should STFU!

Wade on December 6, 2008 at 10:29 AM

You are missing the need for the outgoing team to find jobs. Two and a half months to do that is a teensy bit short, I think. The holdover guys in any change of administration are in limbo — they never know when the replacement will be located, and hence have to have a level of patriotism which includes a potential out-of-work scenario.

“Process” is making this transition easy — process instigated by Mr. Bush. It’s just one more feather in his cap.

unclesmrgol on December 6, 2008 at 10:59 AM

But, if we are going to shorten it up, lets choose the morning of December 7.

It’s a date, like September 11, that ought to be firmly fixed in any President’s mind as they go about the duties of their office with its overriding mandates to preserve, protect, and defend.

unclesmrgol on December 6, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Keep it the way it is.

Tim Burton on December 6, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Dan Rather. I thoght that hack had been put to pasture.

Ernest on December 6, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Dan Rather seem to have senile dementia.

Good to see he still gets airtime because I am sure there are millions of people who care what this Epic Fail of a talking head has to say.

Ares on December 6, 2008 at 2:22 PM

I have the feeling that Dan Rather considered re-writing the Constitution and then passing it off as the real thing somewhere along the way. =)

Summer on December 6, 2008 at 2:36 PM

They want Bush to sign all the bailouts and give-a-ways and take responsibility for them before Obama gets in to spend it all. Republicans should be against these bail out in spite of what the lame duck might say. They should stall them out at least until Obama gets in.

Dollayo on December 6, 2008 at 3:32 PM