Thomas R. Marshall, Vice President for Woodrow Wilson, once told a story indicative of his job’s anonymity. “There once were two brothers. One ran away to sea, the other was elected vice president. Neither one of them was heard of again.”
Today, however, the office is much more prestigious and powerful, causing many politicians to seek it, rather than run from it, even though it can still wreck a career. Just ask Dan Quayle.
Over the weekend, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared his choice for a vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. The pick was bold and seems to have excited conservatives and Tea Partiers, who thus far have been lukewarm toward the top of the ticket. Since the announcement, massive crowds have gathered at Romney-Ryan rallies, some of the largest yet seen this season. Continue reading