Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Not as smart as a third grader

By Michael J.W. Stickings

I realize it's been mostly Palin most of the time for me today -- see here and here -- but I just can't pass this one up.


Yesterday, in Colorado, during an interview with NBC affiliate KUSA, Palin was asked a question submitted by a third grader: "What does the vice president do?"

In response, Palin said it was a question her daughter Piper, a second grader, would ask her. And then proceeded to get it wrong: "They're in charge of the U.S. 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."

Actually... no. As Think Progress points out, the Constitution -- you know, the Constitution (not that she knows much about it) -- "establishes an exceptionally limited role for the vice president -- giving the office holder a vote only when the Senate is 'equally divided.'" As well, "the U.S. Senate website explains that the modern role of vice presidents has been to preside over the Senate 'only on ceremonial occasions.'"

Apparently, Palin still has no clue what she's even running for.

(Even Cheney hasn't sought to expand his powers that much.)


UPDATE: C&L has Olbermann: "The Sarah Palin material -- as Tina Fey might be able to say -- just writes itself."

Of course, it's a must-watch. Go check it out.

UPDATE 2: Okay, here it is:

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