Every once in a while a journalist will do something right. He or she will stand up and speak truth to power. Chris Matthews did just that during this discussion with Nancy Pfotenhauer. Matthews tried to get Pfotenhauer to answer the question that had been posed to Sarah Palin in an earlier interview: What is the role of the Vice-President?
Palin's answer defies Constitutional reasoning: "A Vice President has a really great job because not only are they there to support the President's agenda, they are like the team member, the teammate to that president. But also they are in charge of the United States 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. . ."
Here's what our Constitution actually says:
Article 1, Sec. 3: The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
Amendment 20.3: If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
Amendment 25.1: In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.