Palin Still Doesn’t Know What Job She’s Running For

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

How embarrassing for her.

Iin July of this year, before she was selected to be McCain's running mate, she asked herself (during a TV interview) what is exactly was that the vice-president does. Back then, Palin didn't seem to know:

“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”

Well, now she's in line for that position, so presumably, she would have a better sense of what the Vice President of the United States does.

Sadly, no.

Having been allowed off her leash, Palin sat down yesterday with a local Colorado TV station for an interview (video link).  In that interview, there's this exchange:

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.

Uh, no, egomaniac.  The VP is not "in charge" of the U.S. Senate.  The Vice President presides over the Senate, but the power they can exert is limited.  but don't take my word for it; just ask the U.S. Constitition:

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

Furthermore, even though the Vice President presides (acts as President) of the Senate, this largely happens in ceremonial situations, according to the U.S. Senate government website:

Now, the vice president is usually seen as an integral part of a president's administration and presides over the Senate only on ceremonial occasions or when a tie-breaking vote may be needed.

Sarah Palin a quick learner?  Nope.