Sarah Palin

Miss South Carolina

More attention needs to be paid to the following answer by Sarah Palin. This response showed a complete lack of understanding of the very basic constitutional job description of the vice presidency and it echoed the view of Dick Cheney:

I'm thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president's policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.

But when Ifill followed up, we got this animatronic Miss South Carolina display of nothingness and such as:

Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president's agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.


Senator Biden clarifies it for us:

Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.

[Correction: I originally wrote "Ms. North Carolina." My apologies to whoever that might be, as well as my humble apologies to the good people of North Carolina who I hope will vote for Senator Obama en masse in November.]