The politics of filling a vice presidential vacancy

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Suppose that the office of Vice President becomes vacant for one reason or another, e.g., Vice President Harris resigns to take a seat on the Supreme Court. Suppose further that the Republicans gain a Senate majority in the 2022 election.

Under the 25th amendment, President Biden would have the power to appoint a new Vice President, subject to confirmation by Congress. However, as I understand it, he is not obliged to do so. My question is, what are the principal motivations for and against making such an appointment?

An obvious motivation against is that, in the absence of a Vice President, the 25th amendment can't be used to remove the President from power against his will. The only motivation I can think of on the other side is the Vice President's power to break ties in the Senate, but that is less valuable with Republicans in the majority.

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