Monday, August 25, 2008

Is It Tougher To Be A VP?

I was reading this article about tension between Obama and Clinton supporters at the Democratic Convention in Denver. This paragraph in particular caught my attention and made me do a double-take:

Some senior Obama supporters are irritated at how they perceive the Clintons fanned - or at a minimum failed to douse - stories that she was not even vetted as a possible vice presidential nominee. This is because she told Obama she preferred not to go through the rigorous process of document production unless she was really a serious contender, an Obama associate noted.

I admit to being slightly confused about this statement. Ms. Clinton was a presidential candidate, aspiring to the highest office of the land; and she doesn't want to "go through the rigorous process of document production" unless she's a serious contender for the VP position.

Does that mean it's more difficult and detailed to produce background vetting documents if you're a VP than it is if you're actually the President? Wouldn't you think that a President would have to be "vetted", either within the party leadership or by the law of the land, to a greater degree than a VP? Or am I naive and uninformed about how the process works? Are Presidents held to a lesser standard in this area than those within their administration? Wouldn't that be odd?

If anyone has a thought or explanation, I'd appreciate reading it.


George said...

Taking the current president into consideration, I'd say it only takes a bottle of Jack and some crayons to be president.
As for Mrs. Clinton, I think that's a lame excuse and she just doesn't want to be #2.

The Word Of Jeff said...


I think I tend to agree with you on both points. Thanks for your comment.

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