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And another thing!

Had another thought* this post from a month ago. Remember back in 2000 before Jim Jeffords left the Republicans, there was a 50/50 split in the Senate, which meant that Dick Cheney had the tie-breaking vote**? Well i guess if there was a Democrat in the White House, the Vice President would get the tie-breaking vote only whenever they had 59 Senators.

* I've picked up this really bad habit of saying "I had a thought" from some of the executives that have worked at my company over the years. I hate the phrase because it makes having a thought sound like some rare occurrence, possibly involving difficulty similar to having a baby or having a bowel movement. Which, for some of these executives, i suppose it was. But i swear i have thoughts quite often, possibly two or three a week. And i'm fairly regular, too. And no, i'm not equating having a baby to having a bowel movement.

**At the time i thought it was unfair that the Vice President got to break the tie. Remember, originally in the Constitution, the Vice President was the guy who got the second highest number of votes. So the person breaking the tie would be more likely to be associated with the minority 'party' (i know the framers didn't envision political parties, either). When they updated the rule on where Vice Presidents come from, they didn't update that rule, so the tie no longer goes to the runner, so to speak.

By fnord12 | October 15, 2007, 9:46 AM | Liberal Outrage