"Ridicule is an occupational hazard of the job"
July 13, 2012 11:22 AM Subscribe
Smithsonian magazine visits the Vice President museum in Huntington, Indiana.
The VP museum
, which once used the advertising motto “Second to One,” isn’t kind to the nation’s founders, either. It was they who are largely to blame for the rogues, also-rans and even corpses who have often filled the office. The Constitution gave almost no role to the vice president, apart from casting tie-breaking votes in the Senate. John Adams, the first to hold the job, called it “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived.”