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Rudalevige on Presidential Term Limits (Washington Post) Archives

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Bracket Reed Professor of Government, has been in demand of late — appearing in Washington Post blogs left and right. On the heels of his latest regular appearance in the political science research blog, The Monkey Cagehis observations and insights also appeared in the August 12 edition of the Post‘s daily political blog, The Fix, in the article, “Second Term Presidents Almost Always Fail. Should We Get Rid of Term Limits on Them?

“I think that the need to run for re-election keeps presidents honest,” says Rudalevige in the piece. “If anything, the 22nd amendment limiting presidents to two terms is the problem; Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers waxes eloquent about the accountability imposed by the desire to make the voters want to vote for you.”