Saturday, August 30, 2008

What Does The Veep Do?

Democrats and some in the media are having fun poking at comments Gov. Sarah Palin recently made during an interview with Lawrence Kudlow concerning the job of the vice president. Asked by Kudlow about her chances of being chosen by McCain, Palin responded:

“As for that V.P. talk all the time,” she told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow in late July, “I tell ya, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me: What is it exactly that the V.P. does every day?"

“I’m used to being very productive and working real hard and in administration,” she continued. “We want to make sure that the V.P. slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that were trying to accomplish up her for the rest of the us before I can even start addressing that question.”

“It’s a pretty big job, madam governor,” Kudlow told her.

“This is a pretty cool job here, too, though as governor of Alaska,” Palin responded.

While some are scoffing at Palin asking what exactly the vice president does, the question actually says a lot about how seriously she takes the proposition. Constitutionally, the vice president is assigned two constitutional duties: assume the duties of the president in the event of death or incapacity; and serve as president of the Senate, casting a vote only in cases of a tie. If the president chooses not to assign any additional responsibilities to the vice president, there is nothing the vice president can do but sit and stew. Until recently, vice presidents did very little beyond performing ceremonial responsibilities, such as attending funerals for the death of a foreign head of state. Palin's comments to Kudlow make clear she's not interested in a title. She expects to be an active partner in a McCain administration. You can bet she received that assurance before accepting McCain's offer of the vice presidency.


Bart Lies said...

As you point out, Gary, it's not all that clear what the VP does EVERY DAY. The VP's duties are rather sporadic in nature. That's what came to mind when I first heard her comment replayed.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. in the five minutes that McCain interviewed her?

Concerned Taxpayer said...

Remind me many times in the last 40 years has the VP done anything except VP duties?

Anonymous said...

Concerned taxpayer - I don't know, but can you tell me how many times in the past 40 years we have had a 72 year old multi-cancer survivor being the Presidential nominee with a person with such a flimsy record. She would be, literally, one McCain heart beat away from the Presidency if McCain won. I was uneasy to begin with the prospect of McCain winning, and now I am just down right scared. I mean think about it, if McCain were to go for and win two terms, he would be 80 before exciting office. I believe this exceeds the normal life expectancy of a human in our country, but I could be mistaken.

mackenzie197 said...


And how many heartbeats would Obama be away from the Presidency if he won? None!!!

You're trying to have your cake and eat it too. You complain about a VP selection not having experience while at the same time ignoring that the head of the Democrat ticket has as little, perhaps less experience than Palin.
I'd be more worried about an inexperienced President than an inexperienced Vice President.