Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Palin's Unresolved Question: What Does The VP Do?

Interviewed in July, Sarah Palin, shown in the video above, stated, "As for that VP talk all the time, I tell you, I still can't answer that question until someone answers for me, what is it exactly that the VP does, every day?"

Apparently she still can't answer.

Palin's handlers stuffed her brain with ninth grade civics so that she could offer folksy platitudes during the vice-presidential debates. You'd think they would have covered that.

On Monday, during an interview with an NBC affiliate, Palin took a write-in question from a third grader: "What does the vice president do?" Listen to her answer:

The vice president is " 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..."? No, the vice president's role is much more limited, according to Article I of the Constitution:

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

Think Progress received a comment from Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

This comment is all the more puzzling because this is at least the 2nd time she has said this. Gov Palin needs to re-read or perhaps read for the first time the Constitution. While the Vice President presides over the Senate, he or she is not in charge of it.

"Re-read" the Constitution? In the case of this vice-presidential candidate, I'd lay a year's salary on her needing to "read [it] for the first time."

Whether Palin reads it or not, let's make sure that she never finds out from direct experience what the VP does every day.

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