While I was perusing the Constitution, I found this acutely confusing clause, under Amendment 20, Section 4:
If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.My question is, why in the world do they need all that jargon? What I got out of it was this: If the president dies, the vice-president takes over. If a president hasn’t been chosen before his term was supposed to start, the vice-president takes his place. If the vice-president hasn’t been elected either, Congress appoints someone to take the place until a president or a vice-president has been chosen. Why can’t they just say that, for crying out loud?!