You’ve already heard that Illinois’ Governor Rod Blagojevich has been arrested on corruption charges — essentially, he was attempting to sell Barack Obama‘s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
At the moment, though, he still gets to pick Obama’s successor. (Perhaps in the near future, Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will be making that call.)
Outside Illinois, New York governor David Paterson is in the same position, having to pick Senator Hillary Clinton‘s replacement.
Which raises the question:
If atheists are unelectable, are we also unappointable?
In other words, does an atheist have a shot at getting appointed to higher office or would that, too, be political suicide for the person making the decision?
No doubt we’d prefer seeing an atheist elected to higher office.
I sure as hell wouldn’t mind if one was just placed there through other means, though.
Currently, I don’t know of any openly atheistic politicians on the shortlist for either Senator position.
Still, getting appointed might be the quickest and easiest way an atheist could obtain that position. If it ever happened, it could even show certain voters that we are capable of holding such a powerful seat — that we are trustworthy and honorable and good public representatives.
Maybe the next time around, then, that atheist could (*gasp*) actually get elected?