The Really Great Job of the Vice-President

Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people.” (August 1765) John Adams

Watching this exchange between Chris Matthews and Ms Pfotenhauer of the McCain campaign, it struck me that the ReThugs, Karl Rove, and the GOP undoubtedly thought Americans wouldn’t give one shit about the upcoming election. As Digby says:

Republicans have become so enraptured by their hype about “marketing” and “branding” that they’ve forgotten that you need to have something in the package you’re selling besides air:


Constitutional references below found here.  The role of the Vice President from the U.S. Senate’s website.

  • Article I:

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.

  • Article II: (Sections 1 & 4)  ==> Amendment 25 – (following the assassination of J.F. Kennedy, “addressing presidential vacancy and disability..”)

The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows:

In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law provide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

For what it’s worth, I was stunned by Chris Matthews doggedness with Ms Pfotenhauer. As he said, ‘changing the subject.’  I was also a tad offended by her explanation that you had to ‘simplify’ explanations for children, and bringing into the mix she’d know as she has five.  I understand children may not get the nuances of governing or other things.  I do think a straightforward explanation without talking down is still a good approach. Unless that was her point and I missed it.


2 Responses

  1. Given the 8 years abuse of power by Richard B. “Dick” Cheney, and McCain’s arguably inappropriate choice of a running mate, I think the doggedness is justified.

    “In charge of the U.S. Senate”? My god.

  2. With Chris Matthews in the past, his doggedness has been lacking. I’m still surprised that he’s been much more ‘aggressive’ determined to “get at it.”

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