Speaking to a reporter Tuesday who asked her about a third-grader's question about the role of the United States vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican nominee Sen. John McCain's running mate, offered this explanation:
..."A vice president has a really great job because, not only are they there to support the president's agenda, they're like the team member, the teammate to that president, but also, they’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."
Holy Eskimo shit...what the fuck is this woman talking about? My God...team member? Teammate? In charge of the Senate? How on Earth can you possibly run for the second highest job in the world and not even know what the hell its responsibilities are? How does the McCain camp let her out on the street with this moronic revisionist nonsense? She wouldn't know a U.S. Constitution if it smacked her in her fraudulent smart-girl glasses. As MSNBC's Chris Matthews said Tuesday night, "She wasn't talking to third-graders, she was talking like a third-grader!"
Palin seems to be utterly clueless as to what her job would be. And it's no surprise. She's consistently made embarrassing, Constitutionally-inaccurate statements on the role of the office. It began July 31st when she told CNBC's Larry Kudlow that, "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."
She dug her ignorance hole even deeper when, during the vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden, she told moderator Gwen Ifill that she believes Dick Cheney was right about the vice president being more that just a member of the executive branch, and that vp's have "much flexibility" in the job:
"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."
Last time I checked, Article I Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution says the job of the vice president is twofold: to take over the job of president in the event the president is unable to serve; and to serve as president of the Senate, with responsibilities strictly limited to serving as the tie-breaker. The job offers no legislative powers, Grandma. There is no "flexibility." There are no "policy changes" to be made. You are not "in charge" of anything. You simply sit in a chair looking bored out of your wits, like every other vice president in U.S. history--including Darth Vader--and quietly observe as 100 Senators do their job. Unless there's a tie, you are window-dressing. Period. Not that I give a shit, but you should really stop humiliating yourself like this. And, your stupidity is shaving points off of McCain's poll numbers faster than Karl Rove's hairline is receding. I guess, for that, we should be thankful. Just as Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey is grateful for her next skit on the wacky Wasilla Wonder.
Of Palin's latest screw-up, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann incredulously opined, "You've had three months to get this right!" It's truly unbelievable that she hasn't.
Regarding the McCain campaign in general, it has gotten so desperate that it's beginning to make the candidate and his running mate appear like a couple of erratic, self-contradicting nitwits. The latest barrage of attacks on Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama accuses him of being a "socialist." So, let's get this straight: he's a socialist...and, um....an elitist...and, er...a terrorist...and...um...a celebrity. . What's next, a hermaphrodite? And anyway, is a possible for one person to be a socialist, an elitist, a terrorist and a celebrity? How would that even look? Do you attend Harvard to get high-paying jobs so you can live in a wealthy neighborhood just so you can steal from your rich neighbors to give to the poor, all before you blow up their houses and then go for drinks with Alec Baldwin? I'm lost....
On another subject......TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for the November 17 Second Annual Adrienne Shelly Foundation Fundraising Gala at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Join us for a terrific evening of music, comedy and film, with scheduled appearances by Paul Rudd, Jeremy Sisto, Ken Burns, Cheryl Hines, Mary Louise Parker, Kristen Bell, Lili Taylor, Ally Sheedy, Marisa Tomei, Keri Russell, Gina Gershon and others. To learn more about our mission, to make a tax-deductible donation, and to purchase tickets, please visit our website. Every contribution helps preserve Adrienne's legacy, allows us to help others, and creates something positive out of the tragic loss two years ago of an incredibly loving and talented woman.