We actually posted this this morning at TPMtv. But I only found about it now. There were already some questions from the vice presidential debate about whether Sarah Palin understands the constitutional role of the vice president. But now it seems clear that she has no idea of the constitutional role of the office she’s running for.
In an interview on Monday afternoon, when asked what the vice president does, Palin said (emphasis added) …
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 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.
Now as you can see from the question, and as the McCain campaign has been pushing aggressively, the interviewer had read a question from a third grader. So the argument is that she wasn’t giving a serious or exact answer since the question itself was from a child. I flag this point because I want to be fair and give their argument. But I don’t think that adds up. A vice presidential candidate doesn’t invent extra-constitutional powers in a tv interview to humor a child she hasn’t even met. An interview is an interviewer. I think she’s just out of it.
Here’s the tape.