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We’re living in Birch Bayh’s world. We just don’t know it.

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18.03.2019

Spot the common thread running through these recent events:

• Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr on Friday, demanding internal documents on former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe’s claim that Justice Department officials discussed ousting President Trump in 2017 via the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

• Last Wednesday, federal prosecutors exposed an alleged fraudulent college-admissions scheme, in which several parents obtained their daughters spots at elite schools that had been intended for varsity female athletes.

• Some 130 members of the House voted last Thursday to lower the federal voting age from 18 to 16. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced her support as well.

That’s right: Each of these episodes reflects the legacy of Birch Bayh, the former Democratic senator from Indiana, who died March 14 at age 91.

Bayh was the legislative shepherd of the 25th Amendment, passed by Congress in 1965 and ratified in 1967, which provided for filling a vacancy in the office of vice president and, crucially, for the declaration by Cabinet officials and Congress of a sitting president’s incapacity to discharge his duties. Two presidents have temporarily assigned their duties to their vice presidents while undergoing surgery, as per Bayh’s amendment.

He was the lead Senate........

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