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Tilting at Windmills

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July 8, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

CONDI FOR VEEP?....The latest buzz in Republican circles apparently is that George Bush is going to dump Dick Cheney as his running mate. The scenario, I assume, would involve a medical report saying that Cheney isn't up to a second term, leaving Bush free to make a dramatic announcement of a new vice presidential candidate at the convention.

Bruce Bartlett summarizes the basic argument in the Washington Times today: Cheney is a polarizing figure, his approval ratings are low, and he can't run for president in 2008. So how about Condi Rice instead?

Personally, I think these rumors are nuts. Cheney is perfectly fit to serve a second term, Bush prizes loyalty far too much to replace him, and dumping him would be viewed as a desperate attempt to distance himself from Cheney's warmongering ways. On all counts, it would be a disaster.

But just like the morbid fascination with Hillary She's going to run! She's waiting to be drafted! She's going to be Kerry's veep! She's going to sabotage the ticket so her path is clear in 2008! this seems to be another conservative fetish that won't go away. I don't believe it for a second, but I will say one thing: the fact that it stays alive sure means that there are a lot of Republicans who are awfully nervous about the election this year.

As well they should be with a guy like Cheney on their ticket....

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