Biden countered that “the Constitution is very clear” about the VP's role in the Senate - which is to break a tie vote only. He also said the Constitution made it crystal clear that the VP is part of the executive branch -- there is no ambiguity about the VP straddling both the legislative and executive branches. Biden added:
"The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he's part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous."It's amazing that Palin would choose to defend the dangerous position of Dick Cheney, the most unpopular, reviled VP in American history. Neither Palin or McCain have ever mentioned Cheney - not during the convention or at any campaign speech. The fact that Palin would agree with Cheney's over-reaching goals as VP is stunning. Cheney has accumulated unprecedented power as VP, for himself and for Bush, by playing light with the law. His counsel has been responsible for writing dozens of "special executive orders" to get the Bush agenda under the radar of the law. I guess we know what type of VP Palin would be if (god forbid) she were to get the chance.