We Need a VP Primary

Sarah PalinIn the October Vanity Fair, Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin’s baby daddy, talks about what it was like living in the Palin household. I read over the excerpts and couldn’t help but think, “Mercy, but she sounds like L. Ron Hubbard…”

This is what is wrong with American politics today. A major party was so obsessed with appearances, it didn’t bother to vet a VP candidate properly. In 1796 and 1800, when we realized there was a problem in the way with electing the president, we fixed it. The problem then? The president got a VP he didn’t want and that really messed up his administration.

While I’m all for weakening the executive branch somewhat, I don’t want it so weak that it gets someone with a Tom Cruise grin a heartbeat away from the presidency. We need to have primaries for VPs, too. If it’s a matter of just taking someone who’s already gone through the primary process, that’s easy enough to do. If we want someone from outside that arena, we need to insist on someone with more experience and not just some Tina Fey glasses with a perky can-do voice.

9 thoughts on “We Need a VP Primary

  1. Nikkiah Guerra

    *Nikkiah is first to claim this.
    So, what you are saying Mr. Webb is that Palin is a pretty face and no brain politican with zero experience? But she is still just a person trying to live her daily life….but still she should not allow her personal life to get involved with her political life.
    Who is Tina Fey? ( Wow she does look like Palin!)

  2. Katie Wilson

    In my opinion, although Palin may not be the best politician ever, she is smarter than the media portrayed her. I know some people who have actually talked to her, and despite the way it seems, she does actually have a brain. I think that the media was in favor of Obama and that they made both Sarah Palin and McCain seem silly for propaganda purposes.
    Then again, I don’t think I would’ve wanted McCain elected either…

  3. Shaun Jackson

    I agreee that the press was too hard on Mrs. Palin but what I dont understand is why Senator Mccain chose her as a VP. I’m sure there were others like Michael Steele and Bobby Jindal but why were they not qualified for the job? While we are talking about expierence I doubt that Mr.Obama has enough expierence to be president. I agree i would feel a heck of a lot better if there were people that were well expierenced driving the national train, CHOO CHOO!!!!!(lame)Anyway there should be a minimum on how many years you should have in the goverment before you should be allowed to run for office. Does anyone agree or disagree with this?

  4. Harrison Thomas

    The rule would be confusing…

    Theres several towns in Texas that have a larger population than Alaska. Who has more experience then, someone who’s been mayor of Dallas for six years or someone who’s been governor of Alaska for three?

  5. David Belachew

    I agree that the president should not have the power to choose his own vice president candidate, but I do not believe giving this power to the people will do the party any justice. I believe the vice president should be nominated in front of a Republican committee, but the president should at least recommend a candidate for the committee. Remember, its preety telling when JOhn McCain believes Sarah is a better canidate than Obama only because of her 2 year term as a governor, which would mean she would have benn a better canidate than John McCain and probably 3/4 of the entire Republican Party.

  6. You know

    We elected Mr 57 states and one to go….maybe we should have vetted our president better..

  7. deanwebb Post author

    When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost… All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.’ The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. — H.L. Mencken


    I’m a Libertarian when I’m not against all parties. I think the above quote applies to more than one president in recent memory.

  8. Shaun Jackson

    Why are the political parties so important, besides the fact that they are the base of the government?

  9. Harrison Thomas


    How exactly does that mean Palin would be a better candidate then John McCain and 3/4 of the Republican Party?

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