Many are speculating about the ramifications of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate and potential vice president. Those on the left charactarize Ryan as a poor choice, while those on the right will speak in favor of him.
And the wheels on the bus go round and round.
Running Mate imagines a totally different scenario for a modern day presidential election, by drawing from the original arrangement for the vice presidency as prescribed in the constitution. The founders arranged for the second place finisher in the election to become the vice president. In today’s terms, that would mean that Barak Obama would be Romney’s VP if the latter wins, or that Romney would replace Joe Biden in the “veep-seat” if Obama scores a second term.
Crazy? Yes. Doomed to fail? Absolutely. Proof that the founders had an unbelievably high value of bipartisan or even non-partisan statesmanship? Right on.
What are the pro’s and con’s of the founders original arrangement? Why did it fail, and how could it benefit an age in which partisanship cripples progress?
The lead character in Running Mate, Governor Maurice Franklin, asks the question, “What if the founders had it right?”
Well? What if?