Silly Veep Speculation of the Day
Via the Shark Tank: Is Charlie Crist a potential VP Pick…for Obama?
One of the sillier games played by pundits (and in the contemporary era, I would include bloggers) is the ol’ “will the president change his veep in midstream?” game.
For example, during Bush 43’s first term there was constant speculation that Dubya would replace Cheney, most likely with Condoleezza Rice. I seem to vaguely recall talk that Clinton would swap out Gore (for Colin Powell, maybe?) and that Bush 41 would ditch Quayle (which probably would have been a good idea, but so it goes). And yet…
Indeed, I cannot think of a recent example of a president who changed running mates from one term to the next (Nixon lost Agnew to resignation, but only after the 1972 elections).
And, of course, any discussion of this nature requires the caveat: people simply don’t vote based on who the veep candidate is.