What Fresh Hell Is This?

October 21, 2008

Sarah Palin: Really Stupid, Deeply Ignorant or Dangerously Power-Hungry?

Article One of the United States Constitution
Clause 4: Vice President as President of Senate; Voting Power

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

First, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she didn't know what the VP did:

Then, she took the Cheney view of the office:

Now, she tries to miseducate third-graders about the VP role:

Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, "What does the Vice President do?"

PALIN: That's something that 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 for Brandon and his family and his classroom.



jaywillie said...

I heard Steigerwald defending her comments tonight(w/o having heard them; his first tactic was to attack the media). Unbelievable. These conservatives have NO understanding of this country or how it works; it's just whatever they think it should be.

If that were the role of the Vice President, doesn't anyone think that maybe, just maybe, that's how some of the first Vice Presidents would have acted, since both Jefferson and Adams(the first 2 VP's) were perhaps the two men largely responsible for shaping our early Republic?

Adams didn't work on the Consitution, but don't you think that if the VP had the powers that Palin believes the VP does Adams would have been that kind of VP or that any other VP in our history(minus Cheney) would have been that kind of VP?

Except, none of them have EVER(w/ the exception of Cheney) regarded their role as anything other than PRESIDING over the Senate(like the President Pro TEmpore) and breaking tie votes.

Adams tried to advise the Senate, but all that got him was a lot of ridicule. So he stopped, but even he never saw setting the agenda in the Senate as part of his job.

And I think there's a reason why Adams referred to the Vice Presidency as the most pointless, thankless job in the world.

Infinonymous said...

She's a dope. A sarcastic, snide, proud dope.

Nice call, Sen. McCain.

Not that it matters.

John K. said...

John K: Yep, proved my point, you lefties hate running against Palin. She was the right choice.

GeneW said...


Is that the only criteria that you have? That "lefties" hate her? Shouldn't the right have a somewhat higher goal in making decisions other than just pissing off the opposition? She's completely and totally unfit for office but that's OK with you because she makes people upset?

John K. said...

John K: Of course that is not the only point. But it confirms the other reasons I vote for her. She is a feminist, she chooses life, she supports the 2nd ammendment, she is a fiscal conservative, she is anti-corruption, and she has courage and honor. Next dumb liberal question!

cathcatz said...

but johnny... you told us LONG ago that you weren't voting for mccain.

can't you keep your shit straight?

John K. said...

John K: Yep, I am voting Palin, not McCain. This will set her up for 2012 and then the left will really be squirming.

kimber45 said...

Palin a "fiscal conservative?"

She supports earmarks.

She supported an excess profits tax.

Palin has "honor and integrity?"

In her 18months on the job, she billed Alaska more than $21,000 to take her kids with her when she travelled, and then fudged the expense reports to make it seem like they were on "official business."

Oh, yeah. A paragon of conservative values. That's her.

kimber45 said...

What I find most amazing is, after she was grilled by Larry Kudlow for not being sure of what the VP's job was, .....wouldn't you think some campaign staffer would have clued her in by now?

LBJ, who went from Senate Majority Leader to Vice President, couldn't "shape policy" as VP.

Heir to the Throne said...

On the subject of Intelligence.
I remember Democrats saying J. Kerry was smarter than G.W. Bush and that it was proven by poor College grades.
It turned out that J. Kerry got lower College grades than Bush.
So when will the Brilliant B. Obama release his college transcripts?

cathcatz said...

isn't it kinda' a given, that if one graduates at the very top of the class (obama), rather than 3rd from the bottom (mcstain), that he HAD excellent grades, while the other one didn't?

keep grasping.

kimber45 said...


You're the first person I've come across of any political persuasion who asked to see Obama's transcripts, with the implication that he was hiding something.

But, about the opening comments of your post:

Given what has transpired since 2004,....

Can you seriously believe that GW is more intelligent than John Kerry? No matter what their transcripts may have shown? (I still find it amusing that U. Texas wouldn't let GW in to their MBA program, but Harvard did.)