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Gwen Ifill asked if the candidates agreed with Dick Cheney’s assertion that the Vice President is also part of the Legislative branch. I’m just going to quote Bob Cesca in full:
More attention needs to be paid to the following answer by Sarah Palin. This response showed a complete lack of understanding of the very basic constitutional job description of the vice presidency and it echoed the view of Dick Cheney:
I’m thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president’s policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.
But when Ifill followed up, we got this animatronic Ms. North Carolina display of nothingness and such as:
Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we’ll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.
WHAT THE CRAP?!
Senator Biden clarifies it for us:
Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history. The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.
Or perhaps, none of them. From Huffington Post:
Asked what newspapers and magazines she reads, Palin – a journalism major in college – could not name one publication.
“I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media,” she said at first. Couric responded, “What, specifically?”
“Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”
“Can you name a few?”
“I have a vast variety of source where we get our news,” Palin said. “Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, ‘wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?’ Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.”
Here’s the full clip:
And John McCain is running an ad in the Wall Street Journal claiming that he has already won it. Apparently it is hard to defeat a time traveller.
John McCain canceled on Letterman, saying that he was suspending his campaign and racing back to Washington to deal with the economic crisis. That might have been a good excuse to cancel, except that Letterman learned that McCain was just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric instead. That fun starts at 6:45 in the video, but the rest of Letterman’s comments are worth watching.