In 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.