The Nation: SCRAMBLE FOR NO.2

For all the scorn heaped on the second office in the republic, the modern-day fact is that vice-presidential virus is only slightly less contagious than presidential fever. One reason is that four of our last eight Vice Presidents have become President. Nelson Rockefeller used to be openly contemptuous of the post, noting that he did not consider himself to be stand-by equipment; when the job was offered he quickly accepted it. Robert Kennedy in 1964 convinced his friends how really awful he thought it would be to serve as Lyndon Johnson's running mate....