I’m reading lots of angst over the pick of Alaska’s governor for VP. For a Republican, she seems decent, especially her anti-scandal stance. Very refreshing, coming from the Right.
But people all over the political map are worried if McCain croaks from a fifth bout with skin cancer or something. I have no sympathy, really. Every major cabinet position gets filled with personal choices shortly after the inauguration and must be approved by a majority of the US Senate. The Vice-President, in contrast, is chosen by a usually unelected candidate in secret meetings, and undergoes no approval process by either the voting public or the elected representatives of the people.
Americans have elected presidents fifty-five times. The Vice-President has taken over the office of President nine times before the next election cycle arrived. Five times in the first year, twice in the second, twice in the third.
My suggestions are as follows:
– Permit the voters in the primary process to choose VP candidates.
– Or amend the constitution to eliminate the office or refine the election method.
– Tell the presidential candidate he accepts the people’s choice, any way it works.
Barring any public stance on any or all of these points, I vote that those dismayed with a potential President Palin hold their opinions.