Choose Your Own Presidential Adventure!

     Remember those choose-your-own-adventure novels from the 80s? The ones where you read to the bottom of the page and then choose between three courses of action, such as:

A) If you want to run from the bad guy, go to page 84.

B) If you want to poke the bad guy with your magic wand, go to page 149.

C) If you try to hide where you are, go to page 35.

When it comes to presidential politics, here’s a choose-your-own-adventure question to chew on. Given the pendulum swing of partisanship, in which power tends to sway back and forth between the party in power and the dissenting party as each take their revolving places in an unending and usually unproductive tug-of-war match, which would you prefer:

A)     Have your candidate of choice elected as president, while the opposing party successfully does everything and everything to make his/her  term as unsuccessful as possible.

B)      Have your candidate’s opponent elected as president, while your party successfully does everything and everything to make his/her  term as unsuccessful as possible.

C)      Have your candidate’s opponent elected as president, while your candidate accepts the role of vice president and represents your party’s interests in all major decisions and challenges.

Careful now. You may be tempted to answer “A,” and who could blame you? Option “B” probably doesn’t tickle your fancy, and “C” likely sounds like a story from a bad science fiction novel about life on a strange planet. But the truth is that “C” was the original framework for this nation, the way in which our founders arranged the vice presidency to function, and the backbone of the Running Mate story.

Think about it for a moment. What good is it to have your party in power if they can’t do anything? Could it possibly be more effective to have your opponent elected if your party has a seat at the table, and with it an opportunity to influence outcomes and initiatives that will most certainly have bipartisan support?

Watch the story play out at runningmatebook.com.

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