Aw, that's something that Piper would ask me, as a second grader, also. That's a great question, Brandon, and a Vice President has a really great job, because not only are they there to support the President agenda, they're like a team member, the teammate to that President. But also, they're in 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 that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it's a great job and I look forward to having that job.
Er, well, no. Here's what the Constitution, which you may have heard of, says about the Vice President's job relating to the Senate:
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 chuse 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.
This is not the first time Governor Palin has been asked this question and fudged it. Here's her at the vice-presidential debate:
Of course we know what a vice president does. And that's not only to preside over the Senate and will take that position very seriously also. I'm thankful that 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.
Again, it really really really doesn't. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the veep to grab some more authority.
Both Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow skewered the Republican Vice Presidential candidate on this rather important piece of Constitutional neepery, and more power to 'em. Sheesh.