Palinism of the Day: Vice Presenatorident
KUSA NEWS: Governor, we’ve been trying to engage some local grade schoolers for the last few elections. We do a feature called “Questions from the Third Grade.”
Sarah Palin: Good.
KUSA: Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the Vice President do?”
Palin: Oh, that’s something that Piper would ask me, as a second grader, also. Uh, 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’s agenda, they’re, like, the team member, the team mate 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.
— Sarah Palin, October 20, 2008, describing her understanding of the powers of the Vice President in an interview.
The Vice President is not “in charge” of the Senate. The only power a Vice President has in the Senate is to break a tie. See Article I, Section III 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.
Sarah Palin is going to find herself disappointed, even if she is elected. Will somebody tell her beforehand?