Thursday, January 22, 2009

Republican VP's: Mostly Creepy

Photo of former Vice President Richard Cheney leaving the Capitol Building with a charming sneer.

It occurred to me in a moment of non-productivity that most of the post-war Republican Vice Presidents have been creepy for one reason or another. Thankfully, the voters didn't add Sarah Palin to that list, however she would have fit right in.

When Eisenhower warned about the Military Industrial Complex he was probably thinking of his Vice President Richard Nixon. Nixon as Vice President from 1953 to 1961 was shrill and obnoxious. Should have been a clue.

Spiro Agnew was forced to resign in 1973 due to serious criminal charges. His gift to history was some cheesy alliterations. Nattering Nabobs...etc.

Agnew's resignation invoked the 25th Amendment for the first time and Gerald Ford became the Vice President. Ford was mostly innocuous, but I have this major issue against him: The elevation of Chevy Chase to the status of a serious comedian. Shame, sir, shame.

When Nixon resigned Ford became President and the 25th Amendment was invoked for the second time making Nelson Rockefeller Vice President. Rockefeller was mostly harmless. But despite coming from one of the world's richest families he failed numerous campaigns to become President. Probably too smart or too liberal for his party.

As Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush (Daddy) faded into the background when Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981. He was probably reading My Pet Goat. I also remembering him throwing up near or on the Japanese Prime Minister.

Two words: Dan Quayle. Original idea behind Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Richard Cheney. If you're the President you probably won't like it much if the media keeps writing the same story line over and over again, that your Vice President is actually the one in charge. Cheney advocated torturing children, disregarded international law, and deliberately put Valerie Plame's life at risk out of mere pettiness. Not to mention a wife who wrote shitty Lesbian soft core novels while taking homophobia mainstream.

Corrections: Rockefeller became Vice President not President.
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