How Significant Will the Veep Be?

John Adams once said of his position as Vice President, “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

While recent vice presidents such as Dick Cheney have had a lot of clout, it’s still held that the position of vice president is a limited one. Most of the policy making decisions will be carried out by the man inaugurated President next January.

Nevertheless, a great deal can be percieved about a candidate by who they choose as their running mate. Obama will likely pick a red state Democrat in order to strengthen his appeal toward conservative and moderate voters. Who McCain picks will be crucial in affirming his conservative credentials.

Frankly, I’m finding the current crop of candidates very hard to make fun of. For that reason alone, I hope that Obama picks Joe Biden, who made several hilarious gaffes during his presidential run, the best of which Betsy Newmark points out at The Fox Forum.

If McCain goes with Joseph Lieberman, as has been speculated, we will be able to confirm that McCain is a neoconservative with more in common with Theodore Roosevelt than Barry Goldwater. A Lieberman nomination will push many conservatives over into the Barr camp, where they should be already. Let’s hope he goes through with it.

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