This week's test was the first any Presidential candidate faces, and it's an easy one to pass- picking a good Vice Presidential running mate.
Now I know we're all heard a lot of chatter about how hard it is to get this one right, and it's true that it's a hard test to get an "A" on if you're taking all the electoral and political considerations into account and grading from "A" to "F", but we're not- we're simply grading "Pass" or "Fail", because the aspect of the test we think is most important is the most basic one- is the running mate qualified to take over as President of the United States if something happens to you?
After all, that's the only Constitutional consideration- taking over from the President is the only reason we have a Vice President in the first place. Ability to work with the President, bringing in voter blocks, or regional blocks, filling out weak sports in the President's resume- that's all frill. A Presidential candidate passes or fails this most basic test based on whether or not their pick is fully capable of taking over the leadership of the entire country at a moment's notice, startng Day One. All in all, it's a fairly easy test, not too hard to pass. I can't recall a candidate who's had any real trouble with it. it's really sort of, you know, pro-forma.
So, let's see how the candidates did-
Barack Obama was up first, and I see he picked a running mate named J. Biden, who's been a distinguished United States Senator for more than 30 years with deep foreign and domestic policy experience. J. Biden is widely respected by his colleagues, and works well with members of the opposing party, and is in fact a personal friend of the competing candidate for President.
John McCain was up second, and let's see how he did- oh, well, uh, he picked a running mate named S. Palin, who has a degree in journalism, served a term as mayor of their hometown, population 7,000, and has worked for the last 20 months as governor of a state with a population one quarter the size of Chicago, Illinois. hmmm. Wait a minute-
[Are we sure that's all the card says? ... really? ... how odd. Are we sure he understood the question? ... well, all right, I guess so. ok, let's go live- ]
Sorry for the delay there, folks, but we have our final grades in this, well, frankly fairly easy test. So let's see the results-
[I'm sorry, are we really sure he understood the question???]