Beginning earlier this morning, Fox News Radio stations across our Republic are interviewing me in response to Nikki Haley’s announcement proposal that, “We’ll have term limits for Congress, and mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old.” Her timing on this was impeccable, as a story in Reuters the next day detailed how President Biden’s results only mentioned his weight and blood pressure, failing to comment on his cognitive abilities, saying, “The summary made no mention of whether Biden underwent any cognitive tests sometimes given to people of his age.”
While this proposed test was the headline grabber, the true policy point behind this proposal was term limits.
Across this series of interviews, I discuss the reasons why term limits are likely to finally become a reality in the near future. Not only do Americans overwhelmingly support term limits, but politicians are starting to as well. Many of our US Senators, 16 of whom are old enough for Haley’s proposed test, and other politicians would likely love to move on now that their jobs require more effort dialing for dollars rather than legislating for real change. However, the party pressure to never give up a seat is overwhelming - particularly in a cycle like 2024, when Nate Silver’s website recently included the blunt headline, “Are The Democrats Screwed In The Senate After 2024? It is hard to see Democrats retaining the Senate with 10 vulnerable incumbents - some of whom might love term limits as an excuse to not go through another grueling campaign.
This morning, I went on WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, in the heart of the presidential hopeful territory, to analyze Haley's proposed test and, more specifically, how her highlighting the issue of term limits is part of a wider movement that's continuing to gain serious momentum across our Republic:
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