“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 (Dick Cheney) 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.”
~Sarah Palin, vice presidential candidate
(and aspiring contortionist)
Perhaps years from now the quote above, from last night's debate, will be carved in stone and put on display in Washington, D.C. —I picture it somewhere along side the great reflecting pool between the Washington Monument and The Lincoln Memorial, shaded by a copse of trees, as a marker over the interred remains of the Constitution.
Governor Palin was asked if she concurred with Dick Cheney's concept of the Constitutional standing of the Office of The Vice President, or OVP, during The Vice Presidential Debate, Thursday night. Unlike Senator Biden, who —when asked the same question— lamented the cynicism and destructiveness of the current occupant's understanding of the OVP, Governor Palin seemed pretty enthusiastic for the "flexibility" Cheney has sought to establish for her potential office.
Yes sir-ee, Bob! That flexibility is a great position to tap into... there!
Palin's comment can at least be lauded for consistency. For all she occasionally makes cryptic reference to "the blunders" of the current administration, she has very clearly found none with Dick Cheney's handling of the OVP. Earlier in the week, both she and Senator Biden were posed a similar question by Katie Couric—that noted media filter between Truth and the American people. They were asked to name the best and worst things Cheney had done with his office over the past eight years.
Biden acknowledged Cheney's audacity, and supposed that might be an admirable trait under certain circumstances, and then, as he did at the debate, voiced his critique of Cheney's theory of the office (something akin to String Theory).
Palin joked about "the duck hunting accident" and then gushed in admiration of Cheney's support of Bush's support of "supporting our troops."
(watch both their answers here)
Flexibility, secretive evasiveness, opacity —as Jon Stewart recently pointed out, these aren't qualities that should have us questioning Sarah Palin's qualifications as V.P. —as things stand now, that is the OVP!