Gladiators! We are so excited to welcome you back to the second half of season three. We’ve got all kinds of thrill rides in store for you this season, and tonight’s kick-off episode is no exception.
The first half of season three saw many scandals for the Fitzgerald Grant administration. Between Fitz’s “affair” with Jeannine Locke, Operation Remington, and the death of Sally’s husband, the internal workings of the White House were all kinds of wonky.
And as we open this week’s episode, Sally Langston has had enough and journalists are taking to their microphones to report on the expected resignation of the Vice President.
A resignation in the vice president’s office is not unheard of. In 1832, Vice President John C. Calhoun left the office due to political differences with President Andrew Jackson, as well as his desire to run for a Senate seat in South Carolina. And in 1973, Richard Nixon’s VP, Spiro Agnew, resigned under charges of bribery, corruption, and kickbacks during his earlier post as Governor of Maryland.
But we soon learn that Sally’s address to the nation has nothing to do with resigning. Not only is she not resigning, she’s running for president as an independent – against Fitz, her current boss!
Now that, as one of our reporters tells us, is certainly a historic move. But could it really happen?
As the same reporter tells us, Sally’s announcement is not completely unprecedented. In the 1800 election, incumbent Vice President Thomas Jefferson ran against incumbent President John Adams.
Now, things were a little different back at that particular turn of the century. While Sally and Fitz are expected to be allies, as they had up until this point both been Republicans, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were from completely different parties from the start.
You see, until the 12th amendment was ratified in 1804 ensuring that the president would be elected with his intended running mate, it was not a guarantee that the president and vice president would be from the same party.
So, John Adams, a Federalist who received the majority of the vote in 1796, and Thomas Jefferson, a Democratic-Republican who received the second highest amount of the vote that year, were elected to serve as president and vice president.
Because of their distinct political affiliations, it was not quite the same betrayal for Jefferson to run against his superior in the following election as it is for Sally to do so against Fitz. So, this is all to say that Sally takes the crown for historical VP back-stabbing!
But Ms. Langston should have paid attention to the fact that Fitz has brought on none other than Olivia Pope as his new campaign manager. And Olivia’s already working all kinds of strategies to take Sally down, with exciting phrases like “attempted coup” and “naked power grab.”
Olivia has a powerful opponent in the form of Sally’s campaign manager Leo Bergen, so it looks like this will be a tight match-up. And tighter still with the introduction of Fitz’s replacement running mate, who seems to have some intriguing backstory with the Grants.
Will this new running mate help boost Fitz’s campaign? Or will Sally and Leo’s power grab be successful, naked or not? Stay tuned to see how it will all play out!