Commenter Bjorn takes issue with my assertion that the Vice President is a valuable prize:
“It isn’t obvious to me how much power and influence a Vice President can expect to exert. Dan Quayle was the VP choice designed to calm the frustrations of the hard pro-life crowd, who didn’t trust the pro-choice leaning George HW Bush. How much power and influence is Quayle said to have had?”
While of course various VPs have had varying degrees of influence, I think there is some value to Rand Paul controlling the Office of the Vice President of the United States.
“The Office of the Vice President includes personnel who directly support or advise the Vice President of the United States. The Office is headed by the Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, currently Steve Ricchetti. The Office also provides staffing and support to the Second Lady of the United States. It is primarily housed in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, with offices for the Vice President also in the West Wing, the U.S. Capitol and in the Vice President’s official residence.”
Take for example, the position of Chief of Staff to the Vice President, the office made famous by Scooter Libby during the Cheney administration. What influence did a Dan Quayle have?
Dan Quayle hired as his Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States ….William Kristol!
The wiki article goes on to list 18 other positions of promenince hired by the Vice President and if even 1 of those positions goes paleocon, that will be the first paleocon in the White House since Faith Ryan Whittlesey ran the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for Ronald Reagan in 1985 (a position now held by Valerie Jarrett).
OK, April Fools. Pat lasted until March 1987.