Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For crying out loud! Will SOMEBODY tell Sarah Palin what the Vice President’s job is???
Jeff Foxworthy, you may need to do a Vice President’s edition of “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?”
by Larry Simons
October 22, 2008
Sarah Palin is asked for the 4th time since July of this year “What does the Vice President do?”, and STILL after FOUR chances to get it right, she is still completely clueless on what she will be doing in the event McCain becomes President in two weeks.
A reporter read a question from a 3rd grader, Brandon Garcia, and it just happens to be a question she has been asked 3 times prior (still without giving a CORRECT response). Here’s her answer:
“Ahh, that’s something Piper would ask me as a second grader also. That’s a great question Brandon. A Vice President has a really great job because not only are they there to support the President’s agenda, they’re like the team member, the teammate to that President, but also they’re in charge of the United States Senate. So, if they want to, they can really get in there with the Senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom and it’s a great job and I look forward to having that job.”
OK, Sarah, I’m going to make this REEEEAAAALLLLLY easy for you, so that even YOU can follow along:
Your job will consist of TWO primary roles according to the United States Constitution (you’ve heard of that, right?)
1. Presides over the Senate. The VP presides over it, NOT in charge of it. The VP is there to cast a tie-breaking vote. His power is limited in this role, but his vote can determine legislation. So, the VP is in charge of NOTHING. (Article 1, Section 3, “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.”)
2. Assumes the role of President of the United States in the event the President becomes unable to fulfill his duties as President, whether it be sickness or death.
watch the clip and be terrified…very terrified
Blogger Andy Ostroy puts it brilliantly when he says:
How on Earth can you possibly run for the second highest job in the world and not even know what the hell its responsibilities are? How does the McCain camp let her out on the street with this moronic revisionist nonsense? She wouldn't know a U.S. Constitution if it smacked her in her fraudulent smart-girl glasses. As MSNBC's Chris Matthews said Tuesday night, "She wasn't talking to third-graders, she was talking like a third-grader!"
Palin seems to be utterly clueless as to what her job would be. And it's no surprise. She's consistently made embarrassing, Constitutionally-inaccurate statements on the role of the office. It began earlier this year when she told CNBC's Larry Kudlow that, "As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration."
She dug her ignorance hole even deeper when, during the vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden, she told moderator Gwen Ifill that she believes Dick Cheney was right about the vice president being more that just a member of the executive branch, and that vp's have "much flexibility" in the job:
"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."
Last time I checked, Article I Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution says the job of the vice president is twofold: to take over the job of president in the event the president is unable to serve; and to serve as president of the Senate, with responsibilities strictly limited to serving as the tie-breaker. The job offers no legislative powers, Grandma. There is no "flexibility." There are no "policy changes" to be made. You are not "in charge" of anything. You simply sit in a chair looking bored out of your wits, like every other vice president in U.S. history--including Darth Vader--and quietly observe as 100 Senators do their job. Unless there's a tie, you are window-dressing. Period. Not that I give a shit, but you should really stop humiliating yourself like this. And, your stupidity is shaving points off of McCain's poll numbers faster than Karl Rove's hairline is receding. I guess, for that, we should be thankful. Just as Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey is grateful for her next skit on the wacky Wasilla Wonder.
You have an interview soon with Brian Williams. For the love of God, between now and then could you at least browse Wikipedia (here) to find out what the VP’s job is?