First the Vice President and some would say co-President Dick Cheney stated that the Vice Presidency is neither of the Executive Branch nor of the Legislative Branch and thereby is not accountable to anyone, an early warning that if elected Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) would take the same authoritarian and erroneous approach. According to Palin the Vice President is “in charge of the U.S Senate”.
Tuesday, Palin did an interview (which by itself is something unusual), was answering a question by a third grader as to what a Vice President does.
Question: “What does the Vice President do?”
Palin: That’s something that [my 7-year-old daughter] Piper would ask me! … [T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. 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
Well no, Governor Palin. It is usually an ominous sign if someone is applying for a job and they lack the knowledge of the duties and capacities of that position. Well I will wonder if all those conservatives who frequently brand themselves “strict constructionists” or “originalists”, if they are true to that label they should edify this. Here is what it says in the U.S Constitution itself.
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the office of President of the United States.
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Also on another Palin related note here is the piece about Wasilla, Alaska, the town where Palin was mayor.