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Opinion: Post-Boehner battle shows speaker shouldn’t be 2nd in line for presidential succession

Kiernan Majerus-Collins

Kiernan Majerus-Collins

Kiernan Majerus-Collins, 20, is a student at Bates College and a Democratic Town Committee member from West Hartford. He can be reached on Facebook

Imagine the unimaginable — the president and vice president are both dead, gunned down by unknown assassins. Do you know who the president is?

It’s Speaker of the House John Boehner, but most Americans wouldn’t know that. Since 1947, the speaker of the House has been second in line to become president, after the vice president and before the president pro tempore of the Senate (Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, for those keeping score at home).

The chaotic process of selecting a new speaker has been analyzed from virtually every possible angle. Will Rep. Paul Ryan run? How should the next speaker deal with the Tea Party? What about Mitt Romney for speaker? Anyone?

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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