The 7 (8?) Worst Vice Presidents On Screen


The hunt for Mitt Romney’s potential VP has begun and the presumptive candidates are joining the game, either playing coy or telling reporters outright that there’s no way in hell that they’re gonna play second fiddle. Most pundits are pointing out that the VP choice rarely matters and any cineaste would be forgiven for thinking that vice presidents don’t really make for compelling characters in movies or on TV either.

In fact, most of the fictional VP’s are a pretty depressing bunch. A few examples:

  • John Hoynes (Tim Matheson), The West Wing: Fought Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) in the primaries and then became his running mate. Forced to resign after a sex scandal.
  • Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Veep: This vice president is more interested in clothes and parties than the potential of the office. The clip above shows a behind-the-scenes look at the current HBO show (which was renewed today for a second season).
  • Raymond Becker (Kenneth Welsh), The Day After Tomorrow: For a character that doesn’t believe in global warming, he picked the wrong movie.
  • Noah Daniels (Powers Boothe), 24: Assumes the presidency when Wayne Palmer (D.B. Woodside) falls into a coma and makes the unfortunate decision to fight Jack Bauer for the remainder of the day.
  • Raymond Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich), The Event: Tries to kill the President.
  • Ted Matthews (John Heard), My Fellow Americans: Tries to stage a coup d’etat.
  • Caroline Reynolds (Patricia Wettig), Prison Break: Commits multiple crimes, including murder.

Of course, a blog post on this subject wouldn’t be complete without a reprise of Vice President Dan Quayle forcing a kid to misspell “potato”:

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