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Palin Claims The Vice President Is 'In Charge Of The U.S. Senate'»


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Sarah Palin, Vice President, Q&A, knowledge, government, Senate, Republicans, Neocons, PNAC, illegal wars, disinformation, campaign 2008 )

Blue
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[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.



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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 1:14 pm

Yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) sat for an interview with KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado. In response to a question sent to the network by a third grader at a local elementary school about what the Vice President does, Palin erroneously argued that the Vice President is “in charge of the United States Senate“:


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.

Watch it: (click on link above)

Indeed, while Palin suggests that questions about what the Vice President does is something only her daughter Piper would ask, Palin herself asked this very question on national television in July. Apparently, she still hasn’t learned the correct answer.

Article I of the Constitution establishes an exceptionally limited role for the Vice President — giving the office holder a vote only when the Senate is “equally divided”:

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

Moreover, the U.S. Senate website explains that the modern role of Vice Presidents has been to preside over the Senate “only on ceremonial occasions.” ThinkProgress contacted Senior Assistant Paliamentarian Peter Robinson, who also disputed Palin’s characterization of the Vice President’s role:

In modern practice the Vice President doesn’t really control the Senate. … If anyone has a responsibility to try to govern the Senate, it’s the responsibility of the two leaders.

UpdateThinkProgress obtained the following statement from Jim Manley, spokesman to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):

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. Article 1 says 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 is part of a co-equal branch of the federal government.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 1:23 pm
I can’t stand it. It is too painful to listen to her. We’ve had 8 years of stupid in Washington D.C. We don’t need anymore.
 

Justin H. (17)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 1:32 pm
god help us all,, everywhere in the world,,,she is just clueless
 

June Rice (125)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 1:37 pm
No one's bothered to tell her what a VP does yet?

She's HOPING to be able to make some laws/change some laws. Duck and Cover.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 2:03 pm
Let's bombard late night TV w/ this one!!! Lettermen, Leno, O'Brien, and SNL would have a blast w/ this....
 

Melva H. (93)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 2:49 pm
It's hard to believe that a college graduate, even one that went to 5 different universities to graduate, could be so pitifully dumb about a political office she is running for. Choosing her was McSame's mistake. I wonder if he thought a woman who didn't know anything about politics would be easily handled and automatically get all the women who were for Hillary??
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 21, 2008, 6:31 pm
New Poll: McCain’s Biggest Mistake Is Picking Palin
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Wednesday October 22, 2008, 1:58 am
She's just marking some more teritory.
Palin as President: Experience Her Fantasy
 

Rachel Markel (27)
Wednesday October 22, 2008, 10:14 pm
She is George Bush in a skirt; ignorant, arrogant and a neurotic evangelical!
 

Al Baars (27)
Wednesday October 22, 2008, 11:11 pm
Actually I was thinking she was a Ann Coulter in drag. But seriously, I'm sure she's been told not to let a little thing like the constitution get in the way of what she wants. After all when was the last time that stopped Cheney and company.
 

Rachel D. (57)
Thursday October 23, 2008, 11:23 am
Definitely th candidate for people who won't vote for anyone smarter than they are.
 

Marty H. (119)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 12:51 am
It just gets scarier and scarier! Help!!!! Thanks and noted!
 
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