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Monday, February 13, 2006

Cheney Should Resign

First of all, this has nothing to do with this weekend's hunting accident.

I'm just not really sure what all Dick Cheney is actually doing as Vice President. He never speaks in public, he only shows up on the radar screen when something goes wrong, and he doesn't really help the President or the Party in any tangible way. Sure, he's had a great record of public service and I personally respect and admire him a great deal, but to be honest he's just filling a chair at this point.

Seriously, Condi Rice seems like the one making the most headlines in the Administration outside of Dubya. The Constitution says precious little about the role of the Vice President, so why not just have Cheney resign and have Bush appoint Condi as Veep while keeping her job as Secretary of State. Think about it. The first female and African-American Vice President. It'd be great. I think Condi would be a tremendous Veep.

Of course, if it's not feasible for Condi to hold both positions at once for whatever reason, I'm sure Bush could just concoct some Roveian scheme to appoint someone that would throw a wrench in the Dems '06 plans. It could be just the spark that Dubya needs.


Blogger GOPHokie said...

I actually plan on doing a post on this issue tonight.
If Cheney resigns, it would logical that Bush would appoint his pick for our '08 nominee.

5:03 PM

Blogger J.Sarge said...

Interesting, but would Bush really want to play favorites in that way? There are a lot of Republicans vying for that nomination, and appointing a contender could generate some ill will, especially in the Senate (McCain, Allen, Frist, Brownback).

He's coming off of a second term and only needs to cement his legacy. Why would he jeopardize that by engendering animosity within his party.

7:36 PM

Blogger Old Zach said...

If this happened, and that a big if, I dont think Bush would name someone who he thought would run for Prez in '08. Bush doesn't seem to care about having an "heir" as much as he cares about loyalty. Like I said, I think Condi would be his top choice, but she's too valuable to lose as SecState. It sure would be interesting.

8:21 PM

Blogger Sam McCord said...

If Cheney resigns or is forced to leave due to health reasons (knock on wood) I know exactly who it will be...

George H.W. Bush.

Think about it.

9:12 PM

Blogger James Young said...

Oh, c'mon, Zach! It was an accident.

But if Cheney invites you on a hunting trip, DECLINE!

9:44 PM

Blogger Poli Amateur said...

Cheney is one of the last true fiscal conservatives left in D.C. He's the last guy I want to see leave.

9:58 PM

Blogger Not John Behan said...

OK, ... why would anyone who wants to be Pres accept the job as VP?

The last two Veeps to become Pres were George HW Bush (1988) and Martin Van Buren (1836).

Being VP is a bad move if you want to be President.

5:29 PM

Blogger Jonathan said...

Not John,

LBJ, Truman, Coolidge, and Teddy Roosevelt were all veeps who became prez and were subsequently elected. Yes, they all assumed office when their prez died, but both faced the electorate and were elected.

Being VP and running for Prez is better than being a Senator and running for Prez.

8:12 AM

Anonymous Tugboat Phil said...

This is such a no-brainer. Why has Cheney not resigned? President Bush KNOWS that he will never be assasinated when Cheney is the one to replace him!

3:11 PM

Blogger Not John Behan said...

Jonathan -

OK, ... you got me, my whole plan is based on the assumption that Bush won't die in office!

Being VP is best way to get the nomination, ... but I wouldn't want to be Guliani, McCain, Brownback, or some GOP Gov and get saddled with all of Bush's problems.


11:07 AM


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