|Quoting Mir (Reply 23):|
So the only way that the Secretary of Homeland Security can become president is if all other people in the line of succession are killed at the same time.
Basically, this line of succession is in place as a very "just-in-case" sort of measure. I hope that it never has to be used since the only way I can imagine that it would happen is if a large nuclear bomb happened to explode over D.C. when the P, VP
, SoH, President pro tem were all there, but the SoC were off overseas. At this point, I think the idea that Hillary would become President and her policies on this, that, and the other thing, really becomes secondary.
At that point you just need to know who is in charge, and it would be Hillary and I would not envy her one bit.
This is why, BTW, you very rarely see both P and VP
appearing at the same time in the same place after the election. It is done occasionally and the Secret Service HATES it, but it's kept to a minimum. They generally do not meet much in person and if they do need to meet, it's usually done via teleconference so that they are at a minimum across town.