Many historians rate Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s vice president, as our worst U.S. president, but he has a lot of competition.
What is it with these Republicans and the vice presidency, anyway? Nixon, Eisenhower’s vice president, became our first president to resign to avoid impeachment after Agnew, his own vice president, had resigned in disgrace. Probably the less said about poor Dan Quayle the better, and Dick Cheney may have been our worst ever.
In order to pump some pizzazz into a failing campaign, John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate. She turned out to know less about geography and international affairs than the average high school senior. She walked off from her commitment as Alaska’s governor after only two years, some say to avoid dealing with a recalcitrant legislature.
And Republicans thought Sarah could deal with Congress?
Today, thank God, she appears only interested in making speeches for money and selling her books. Otherwise, she might be neck-and-neck with Cain, Perry, Romney, Gingrich, et. al.
Surely the GOP has more qualified vice-presidential candidates available for 2012 than the ones of the recent past.
But when one looks at their present array of presidential hopefuls, one wonders doesn’t one?
George B. Reed, Jr., Rossville