HISTORICAL NOTES: The No. 2 Blues Is an Old Song

The current, barely concealed antagonism between President Nixon and Vice President Agnew is a reminder that the nation's top two officials seldom get along. That is not the way it was supposed to be. The founding fathers not only expected them to work closely in tandem, they worried about it. During the debates at the Constitutional Convention, Elbridge Gerry, who would become Vice President in 1813, complained: "The close intimacy that must subsist between the President and Vice President makes the relationship absolutely improper." To which Gouverneur Morris replied: "The Vice...

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