Either 20% of Americans have never heard of Aaron Burr, or only 20% of Americans are paying attention. I can’t decide which, but this CNN poll clearly points to one, or the other, depending on your view:
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new national poll suggests that one of out of five Americans think that Dick Cheney is the worst vice president in American history.
Twenty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN-Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say that Cheney is the country’s worst vice president, when compared to his predecessors. Another 41 percent feel that Cheney is a poor vice president, with 34 percent rating him a good number two.
Only 1 percent of those polled say that Cheney is the best vice president in U.S. history.
Aaron Burr, you recall, is the vice president who, when the electoral college organization goofed and put him into a tie with Thomas Jefferson for president, suddenly thought he was better qualified than Jefferson and tried to take the race from him; the only vice president ever tried for treason; and the fellow whose dueling killed Alexander Hamilton, the financial genius of our nation’s early years.
20% of Americans think Cheney was worse than Aaron Burr? Wow. Just wow.