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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Oh, Please

I've seen some pretty weak attacks made on Sarah Palin's credibility and qualifications but this hair-splitting from the Bristol Herald Courier takes the cake:
Palin Doesn’t Know VP Duties
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Stand-up comic Jeff Foxworthy has become famous to a new generation of youngsters for starring in the popular TV show: “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?”

The show challenges adults with questions they should have learned in fifth grade, often with hilarious results.

This week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is showing she wouldn’t pass muster on the show, even the third-grade version. On Monday, the Republican vice-presidential candidate said the vice president is “in charge of” the U.S. Senate and “can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes.”

This is the second time she has flunked the question, claiming a broader role for the vice president than the U.S. Constitution provides. (link)
Though the vice president of the United States holds the gavel and directs the Senate's activities anytime he or she decides to exercise that responsibility (though they rarely do), the President of the Senate isn't actually "in charge of" the Senate? Please. You're hurting my brain.

After picking that nit, the Herald Courier goes on to make the case that the vice president is, in fact, in charge of the Senate:

The vice president can preside over floor debate in the Senate, but that role is usually filled by the Senate president pro tempore, and more often filled by first-term senators.
So what are two synonyms for the word preside?

Command

Control

Please. Surely there are better arguments you could make about Sarah Palin's views. Perhaps you could start with the fact that she's one of those evil conservatives. Ain't that bad enough?