Recent comments to a post about Jo Biden have lead me to a realization:
Recent Vice Presidents are almost always strange, Bizarro-world versions of their bosses. Where Bill Clinton is folksy and genial, Al Gore is robotic and ivory tower. Where George W. is bumbling and silly, Dick Cheney is nefarious and conniving. When Barack Obama is thoughtful and eloquent, Joe Biden is a virtual machine at creating gaffes.
A president might seek out somebody who seems to be or actually is a good counter balance to them. But this does not seem like the full explanation.
Does the press do this? Do our own psychologies? Is there some sort of Jungian Shadow scapegoat thing happening; do we projecting everything not-presidential on the second in command?
And what would happen if any of these vips assumed the presidency? Would we reform our opinions? Or would we simply project all of their own opposites on whoever the new Vice is.
(Hmmm…. Vice President. Interesting word choice. Freuds often full of crap. But there’s an interesting thing about that, vice president. The President is president of all that is good. The Vice president is the repository of all of our vices, all that is bad. There might be some sort of surreal poem lurking around in all these thoughts.)