An Office That We Take More Seriously Today

Washington Times, July 27, 1992.


Perhaps never before in an election year has so much attention been paid to the vice presidency. And while the names Bush and Clinton headline the two major tickets, stay tuned for what political observers promise to be the Dan Quayle-Al Gore showdown. Regarded by one of the men who held the post as “the most insignificant office” ever contrived by the wit of man and by another as not worth “a bucket of warm spit,” the vice presidency is now being taken seriously (a great deal more seriously than it was taken by the framers of the Constitution).

The reason for this has nothing to do with the office itself — after all, its powers are almost nonexistent — and everything to do with a presidential candidate’s chances of winning election.

American Enterprise Institute