03 October 2008
Who Won The Debate
As an aside, Biden made two major gaffes regarding history and our Constitution. This is amazing considering Biden is an attorney and has been in the Senate for over 30 years. He said that the executive branch is defined in Article I of the Constitution. In fact, Article I describes the legislature, while Article II defines the executive branch of government. You would think he knew which Article defined the branch of government he's served in for three decades. He also made a fool of himself in attempting to define the VP's role in the Senate saying that the vice president's only role is to support the president and then stated that there was only one time a VP had authority to preside over the Senate: "only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit." Sorry, that ain't so Joe.
Actually, the Constitution says the vice president is always president of the Senate. Moreover, the VP has the Constitutional right to preside in the Senate any time he so desires though, in practice, that isn't often. I wonder how many students of history caught these missteps?
Sister Saint Sarah wins hands down. Whether or not it will make any difference remains in question.