New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-01-14 19:00:00 –
Americans are accustomed to the obedient Vice President. Residents of modern offices are careful to avoid public battles with their bosses. The disagreement was wiped out under the rug in the Oval Office.
That’s why the discord between Mike Pence and Donald Trump is so remarkable. The Vice President, even privately, rarely discusses the dismissal of the Commander-in-Chief.
But throughout history, America’s top two elected officials haven’t always done well.
The country’s second vice president, Thomas Jefferson, defeated President John Adams for reelection after a vicious campaign in 1800. Aaron Burr, who ran for Vice President with Jefferson that year, instead sought to have Election College elect him as president. Four years later, Jefferson locked the bar out of the ticket and later ordered him to be arrested as a traitor.
John C. Calhoon was a curious Vice President. He worked under two deadly enemies, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Calhoun, who led the fight to allow the state to invalidate federal law within the border, fought Jackson on this serious issue. Calhoun resigned as Vice President at the end of his term, took up the Senate and was able to become his own man again.
In 1860, Maine Senator Hannibal Hamlin was put on a Republican ticket to geographically balance Abraham Lincoln’s candidacy. At that time, the Vice President was considered part of the legislature, not the administration. During the Civil War, Vice President Hamlin rarely met Lincoln. However, he reported on military service in the last years of the war and served as a guard and company chef before being promoted to corporal.
Hamlin was dumped from a Republican ticket in 1864. Democrat Andrew Johnson was elected as Lincoln’s running mate, unifying voters in the parent unions of both parties. Johnson’s first action as Vice President was to appear drunk at the inauguration and embarrass spectators, especially Lincoln. Johnson will meet his new boss only once during his short VP tenure, and that was the day Lincoln was assassinated.
Calvin Coolidge hates Vice President Charles G. Dors, who refused to attend the Cabinet meeting, and may have opposed the president’s legislative agenda, possibly breaking the same number of votes in the Senate upon confirmation by the Supreme Court. One day I found myself taking a nap at a nearby hotel. Dawes is less known for his service as Vice President than composing the melody for the song “It’s All in the Love”. He was the only Vice President to record the number one pop hit on the Billboard charts.
Franklin Roosevelt’s choice of John Nance Garner as Vice President had nothing to do with affinity. It was the result of a raw political arrangement: Garner’s representative was handed over to the FDR in exchange for a 1932 Democratic ticket location. Garner personally opposed Roosevelt’s policy in the office, even giving his boss a third term.
In 1960, Lyndon Johnson accepted the Vice President’s nomination when John Kennedy offered to nominate him, despite his lack of respect for his work. LBJ and JFK had a heartfelt relationship, but mutual suspicion constrained their alliance. When Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson became the eighth vice president to be promoted for the death of the president.
Johnson did not seek a second full term in 1968, and his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, jumped into the presidential election. Humphrey’s perception of LBJ obedience to Vietnam War policy complicated his path to the White House. He struggled to stay away from Johnson while maintaining loyalty. It was Kabuki that didn’t work. Richard Nixon, who also understood the risks and rewards of the Vice President’s loyalty, defeated him.
This may not be the last time the ambitious Vice President had to go in and out of the president’s shadow.
Pence was not an early supporter of Donald Trump. He approved Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the 2016 nomination. But when Trump chose Pence as his running mate, he lined up. However, efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election were too far a bridge for this self-proclaimed “principle conservative” to overcome.
After the Trump administration, Vice President Pence is rowing his boat. Where he goes is now up to him — and he is the only one.
Ron Faucheux has written “Running for Office” and has taught the presidential election course. A nonpartisan political analyst based in Louisiana, he publishes the LunchtimePolitics.com newsletter.
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