vcczar Posted January 2, 2022 Share Posted January 2, 2022 I created an algorithm for Most Impactful VPs in History. This was kind of easy because ideology doesn't play a role at all. George HW Bush did just about everything one would want in a VP -- he served for 8 years, helped his ticket win his state twice, was relatively active, stepped in when Reagan had surgery, immediately followed his two-term president to become president in his own right. His score would have been higher had he broke more tie-breaking votes and completely avoided scandal. I had expected Nixon to win, but he came in 3rd. John Adams was the first VP. John C Calhoun had the most tie-breaking votes. Overall, recent VPs have an advantage because they tend to be active while pre-Nixon VPs are not. Harris could rise way up or plummet. She hasn't been around enough to really lose any points, but she's racking up tie-breaking votes at a rapid pace. Those alone could possibly get her to #2 on this list, the rate she's going. She's gets some "impactful points" for being both the first women VP and VP of color. So she's boosted by two things that don't correspond with ability. Wallace, Burr, and Rockefeller all have negative scores. All three were dropped from the ticket on a reelection bid, all three failed to avoid scandal, all three failed to win their home state for their president, and Rockefeller never cast a tie-breaking vote. In Burr's defense, he was a VP prior to the 12th Amendment, so he isn't on a ticket. Rockefeller's only positive quality as VP was that while he didn't avoid all scandal, he didn't contribute to a major scandal while as VP. VP Score George HW Bush 57 John Adams 54 Richard Nixon 53 George Clinton 51 John C Calhoun 51 Dick Cheney 48 Al Gore 44 Daniel D Tompkins 41 Joe Biden 40 Kamala Harris 40 Thomas R Marshall 39 Lyndon B Johnson 35 George M Dallas 34 Millard Fillmore 33 Chester A Arthur 33 Harry S Truman 31 Andrew Johnson 30 Theodore Roosevelt 30 Calvin Coolidge 30 Martin Van Buren 29 John Nance Garner 28 Mike Pence 28 Walter Mondale 26 John Tyler 25 John C Breckinridge 25 Charles Curtis 23 Alben W Barkley 23 Gerald Ford 20 Hubert Humphrey 19 Schuyler Colfax 18 William Rufus King 17 Hannibal Hamlin 17 Adlai Stevenson I 17 James S Sherman 16 Charles W Fairbanks 15 Levi P Morton 14 Garret Hobart 13 Thomas A Hendricks 12 Charles G Dawes 12 Spiro T Agnew 12 Elbridge Gerry 11 William A Wheeler 11 Dan Quayle 10 Thomas Jefferson 8 Richard Mentor Johnson 4 Henry Wilson 3 Henry A Wallace -1 Aaron Burr -2 Nelson Rockefeller -5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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