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The Modern American Vice Presidency: The Transformation of a Political Institution (Princeton Legacy Library) Paperback – May 21, 1982

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  • Series: Princeton Legacy Library
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (May 21, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691022089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691022086
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
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This article, by Mark Leibovich, appeared in the New York Times, August 5, 2012: JOEL K. GOLDSTEIN, a law professor at St. Louis University, is a leading authority on the United States vice presidency. People seem to respect him anyway.

"My wife says that I am an exotic plant that blooms every four years," Professor Goldstein said.

Indeed, this is the height of the quadrennial running-mate season, a period of amplified interest in an otherwise afterthought of a job. If Tom Brady has Super Bowl Week and Gisele Bündchen has Fashion Week, this is Mr. Goldstein's Go Time. Reporters keep calling him, seeking a hint of authority in what is essentially an exercise in guesswork about whom Mitt Romney will choose: Pawlenty or Portman? Rubio or Rice?

Professor Goldstein, who owns no inside knowledge of the plans of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, is happy to speculate, just like the really smart experts do on cable television every day.

Except that Mr. Goldstein, 59, can do it with a gravitas conferred by advanced degrees, expertise on the 25th Amendment and authorship of an acclaimed book on the vice presidency.

When I saw the words "expert on the vice presidency" in the newspaper next to Mr. Goldstein's name, my first association was to a brilliant-but-unsung Washington novel, "Trudy Hopedale," by Jeffrey Frank, whose protagonist, Donald Frizzé, is a "widely recognized expert on the United States vice presidency." Frizzé runs into trouble after being accused of plagiarizing portions of a biography of Garret Augustus Hobart, who (as everyone knows) was William McKinley's vice president.

Another inclination I had when I heard about Mr. Goldstein (and I'm not proud of this) was to be a wiseguy.
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