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February 04, 2007

Super-Veep Politics  Rights, Law

Under the Constitution, the Vice President is an executive branch officer who also serves as President of the Senate. But because of the veep's Senate role, Cheney has decided that (via Digby):

The Vice Presidency is a unique office that is neither a part of the executive branch nor a part of the legislative branch, but is attached by the Constitution to the latter.

The US theory of government rests on the principle of three coequal branches. Separation of powers. But in Dick Cheney's world, the Vice President is some kind of super-official. He, and he alone, is bigger than the system. Belonging to neither the executive nor legislative branch, he need follow the rules of neither. So when Cheney's office was asked to submit the required list of its staff, they submitted the statement quoted above. Super-Veep. If it was any other Vice President, you'd have to laugh. But it's Cheney. No laughing matter.

Posted by Jonathan at February 4, 2007 08:12 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb