Over the past several days, Hillary Clinton’s camp has been openly discussing the option of putting Barack Obama on their ticket as Vice President. This idea has been met with mixed emotions. Some people see it as “smart” while others see it as an “insult.” Then, a few political analysts think the roles should be reversed: Barack Obama continuing his run for presidency while Hillary Clinton supports him as Vice President. Consequently, both ticket couplings give Democrats everywhere something to think about.
Yet, the reality is that having two candidates of high interest on the same ticket would make for a great race for the Democrats. Not only would it put the Republicans at a clear disadvantage, it would also bring voters out in record numbers. U.S. voters would be holding onto the edge of their sit to see who wins and also what happens when they get into the White House. One of the big questions is who would make the best Vice President? Let’s analyze the answer based on their duties.
Advisor to the President.
Although it may look like the current Vice President Dick Cheney doesn’t have a lot of say so, he really does. Newspapers, like the Washington Post, often mention that he’s one of President Bush’s closet confidantes. This comes as no surprise because Vice Presidents usually advise the President in private about a variety of government matters. It’s the reason why many Presidents pick Vice Presidents who are strong in areas that they are weak in. They need someone to balance them out.
In this area, I will have to go with Hillary Clinton. It is the opinion of many that she helped Bill Clinton be a successful President because she was able to advise him well. Also, she seems to be into the details, unlike Barack Obama, and has clear cut ideas on how to get things done.
Presiding officer of the U.S. Senate.
Vice Presidents actual preside over the U.S. Senate. Not only do they influence the passage of legislation, they also act as tie-breakers if the votes are dead-locked. Even today, historians say John Adams holds the record of the most tie-breaking votes – 29.
Because of the role of influence and by-partisan needed to preside over the U.S. Senate, I believe Barack Obama would do well in this duty. He has a lot of charisma, especially with the upper-echelon of America. For this reason, he’d be able to get a lot of bills passed that Hillary Clinton would never get off the shelf. His influence over the U.S. Senate could change the lives of many Americans.
Certify the Official Vote Count of the Electoral College.
The Role of the Electoral College has been questioned by many. Some Americans believe we don’t need this group any more, while others feel it’s a vital part of the U.S. political system. Regardless of what you believe, there is one thing that is true about the Electoral College: their vote really counts. As a result, we need someone to keep it “honest.”
Because of the suspicion that surrounds the Hillary Clinton camp, she wouldn’t do well in this role. No matter what she said the final Electoral Vote count was, there would be a segment of the population that would question her. On the other hand, due to the confidence that many people have in Obama, he’d have an opposite response. Many folks would believe he’d make sure that the final Electoral College vote was accurate even if it put his role as Vice President on the line.
Writer and spokes person for administration policy.
Over the past few years, many Vice Presidents have taken on this duty although it’s not an official one. Do you ever wonder why Cheney comes out in support of different policies said to be erected by President Bush? A lot of it has to do with the fact that he’s helped draft and administer them. Plus, his words add extra credence to the Presidents when trying to sell a new policy to the public and other politicians. It’s a dual role that requires a lot of skill.
This is a tricky one. I actually think both Clinton and Obama would struggle in these roles. Clinton would be great at drafting administration policy. Her intellect and focus would help her put down new rules and regulations on paper with ease. On the other hand, she’s have to fight to get the public to buy them. Adversely, Obama would drafting new ideas due to the detail required with it. Yet, he’d excel in persuading the public and other politicians. So who’d do better at this duty. Neither?
Successor for the President.
This duty of the Vice President is a well-known one. If the President is impeached or dies, the Vice President must take his place. It’s a duty that rarely gets played out by the Vice President.
This role brings us up-to-date to the current election. Who you believe would make the best President is the one who’d do this role the best. My personal belief is Barack Obama. Although he may not have all of the experience that Hillary Clinton claims to have, he does have one thing over her; the ability to unify people. Unfortunately, based on the mess that the current administration will leave behind, Americans need someone in charge who will help them understand why taxes will be raised and certain policies changed in order to reverse the prior administrations damage. For this reason alone, Obama is the best person for the job. He can create a cabinet to help him with the details.
In conclusion, it’s really too early for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to consider joining forces as political allies. Once all of the primaries are over and the public and delegates have spoken, they can go to plan B. It’ll make the best sense at that time.