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For the sake of today's post....please review the first 1:06 of this video from last night's Countdown.
Sarah Palin states that the vice-president is "in charge" of the U.S. senate. The vice-president can, according to Palin, "get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes."
Now review how Governor Sarah Palin referred to the vice-president's role in her debate with Joe Biden....
PALIN: 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 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.
IFILL: Governor, you mentioned a moment ago the constitution might give the vice president more power than it has in the past. Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?
PALIN: 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. Link
From Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution....
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but
shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
Last evening Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow made light of Palin's answers about the role of the vice-president. Both of these MSNBC program anchors suggested that Sarah Palin was simply an uninformed person with no wider intellect than a third grader. As the only two liberal news-program anchors in all of television, Keith and Rachel often get it right. Not this time. Maddow and Olbermann came at Palin's answers from a, "she doesn't even know the Constitution"....point of reference, implying that Palin has little understanding of how America functions and how we determine the rules of that functioning.
When I hear Sarah Palin speak of "flexibility" in the job of the vice-president....when I hear Sarah Palin say that the Constitution gives the vice-president "a bit more authority" if the vice-president "so chooses to exert it".....my response isn't that Palin is stupid or oblivious to truth. My response is: That's a description of how Dick Cheney has operated for 8 years as vice-president under George W. Bush. Sarah Palin is only echoing what The Dick personified while he was usurping...umm...."a bit more authority."
In this specific case...that's not sounding stupid....that's being honest.
And also in this specific case....that honesty IS the problem.
George W. Bush and the neo-conservatives in and around his presidency hold to a radically extreme viewpoint of presidential power. The "unitary executive." Briefly, what it means is that while the president is carrying out his duties as president, primarily commander-in-chief duties, no one....no other governmental body, not Congress, not the Supreme Court....no one, can limit those duties in any way ....and no one is permitted to provide oversight once those duties have been carried out.
In this view the American president is a "unitary" power. He stands alone. He, alone, as W has stated, is the Decider.
That's why W. has issued over 1000 "signing statements" and filed them alongside of legislation. His intent is clear in these statements. W. has no intention of obeying any laws that he believes infringe on his authority.
The Dick has followed a similar path. Cheney has admitted that he and his fellow neo-con travelers purposely sought to expand the powers of the presidency and in so doing, lessen the power of Congress. The Dick, himself, established a secret Office of Special Plans to manufacture and cherry pick the intelligence needed to phony up a case for war. From his "undisclosed location", The Dick manipulated the levers of power he was so familiar with to fraudulently lead us into a war and occupation of his choosing.... to the benefit of his oilpatch connections and his military industrial weapons contractor buddies.
The Dick went so far in exercising some unwritten constitutional "flexibility" of the executive branch that he declared he didn't belong to the executive nor the legislative branch, and so, didn't have to answer to either. He, The Dick, was a power unto himself. An island of The Dick, as it were.
Summarizing then....Sarah Palin is intelligent enough to understand that Democrats will continue to control Congress after November 4. If, however, by some remote chance, McCain would happen to hold the executive branch for the Republicans, Sarah Palin, in good Dick tradition, could attempt to expand the role of the Vice-President in the Senate, at least trying to muddy up the Senate by "getting in there with the senators and making a lot of good policy changes."
Sarah Palin, in her answer about vice-presidential duties, was shrewdly and intelligently putting public voice to David Addington's (Dick's right hand evil lawyer) statement of 2001. "We're going to push and push and push...until some larger force makes us stop."
350 electoral votes, or thereabouts, for Obama would qualify as a "larger force"...no?
Whattya' say we save ourselves the headache and just stop her and her old codger running mate on November 4th, so's we don't have to sit through a sequel of The Unitary Executive Commander Guy and his Undisclosed Dick? The original was bad enough.