I’m reading Jeffrey Archer’s “The Prodigal Daughter” at a snail pace and came across the following sentence describing the scene where Florentyna Kate, the female candidate for Presidency answers the journalist’s question at a press interview:
“Senator Kane, is this really a bid to be Pete Perkin’s running mate?”
“No, I am not interested in the office of Vice President. At best it’s a period of stagnation while you wait around in the hope of doing the real job. At worst I am reminded of Nelson Rockefeller’s word: “Don’t take the number two spot unless you’re up for a four–year advanced seminar in political science and a lot of state funerals.” I’m not in the mood for either.” - Page 418.
I can’t well relate the carrier of 4-year advanced seminar in political science and attendance at numeral state funerals to No. 2 position in the White House.
Is Florentyna saying the experience represented by academic expertise in political science and attendance to a lot of state funerals are only good for attaining the position up to Vice President, but not worthy for the qualifications of President of U.S.A (which is what she aims to be)?
Is she saying it’s not about experience, but ability when questioning caliber of President?
Could you help me parse what Flonrentyna says by quoting Nelson Rockefeller’s word?