Will he emerge from the bushes?

There’s a bizarre editorial in the bizarre New York Sun which boosts Dick Cheney for a White House run.

It was a fine idea then and it still is — not because the current field is particularly weak, but because Mr. Cheney is so much more experienced and shrewd a figure, one who could help settle some of the arguments about the Bush years in favor of Mr. Bush. A White House aiming to get Mr. Cheney elected could also avoid some of the hazards that befall lame-ducks — drift, brain drain, irrelevance. Such a campaign might lift Mr. Cheney’s own standing in the polls.

Yep, it’s all about the legacy.

The trouble with this trial balloon is that Cheney is even more unpopular than Bush. David Weigel looks at the polling:

There’s actually been some polling done on this question. A mid-2005 Zogby poll asked how Cheney would fare in a GOP primary. He came in fifth, with 6 percent. A mid-2006 Gallup poll asked if Cheney would be an “acceptable” nominee, and 61 percent of Republicans said he wouldn’t – the highest in the field, higher than even George Pataki. A Fox/Opinion Dynamics poll that tested Cheney against Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Al Gore had him losing to both by double digits.

No, folks, it won’t fly. Tricky Dick Cheney is happiest hiding in the shrubs where he belongs. (See vid over the fold.)

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12 comments on “Will he emerge from the bushes?
  1. Leinad says:

    Apart from the whole cold blooded vampire business, Cheney has a heart defect and is really like, old.

  2. Kim says:

    But compared to Rumsfeld, he’s a spring chicken! And McCain for that matter… 🙂

  3. Hmmm. They’re advocating Dick Cheney to run for the GOP. Was Satan unavailable? Satan would probably get a few more votes…

    Running Cheney would get the Democrats not just the White House, it might even get them a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

  4. Rebecca says:

    A Cheney run would be wonderful. Dennis Kucinich could finally be a serious candidate for the presidency.

  5. Kim says:

    Cheney at a recent fundraiser:

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. A reception like that is almost enough to make you want to run for office again. (Laughter.) Almost. (Laughter.) I’m delighted to be here today, and to be back in Birmingham. Let me thank Jeff for his kind words, words of welcome. I also want to thank Governor Riley for joining us. Where is Bob? Right down here. And Congressman Spencer Bachus with us, as well, too, and your state Chairman, Mike Hubbard. I came here directly from the White House, and I’m pleased to bring good wishes to all of you from the President of the United States, George W. Bush. (Applause.)


    It’s a “joke”, apparently. Sure is!

  6. Leinad says:

    Kim: Wow, Cheney’s only 66?

    It was funny, on the day they dumped Rummy NewsRadio had someone interviewing an ancient-sounding but still evidently in possession of his marbles Robert MacNamara about it – apparently Bob’d had Rummy over just a few days before. Two shriveled old prunes, both candidates for worst SecDef in history having dinner together.

    I wonder what they talked about.

  7. Kim says:

    MacNamara’s 90…

  8. Leinad says:

    Kim: Yeah but he sounded like the irascible 80-something scamp we know and love from The Fog of War. I think he’s going to challenge Abbie Hoffman in the longevity stakes, I’ve taken him off my Celebrity Death Pool, that’s for sure.

  9. tim g says:

    …still evidently in possession of his marbles Robert MacNamara …


    If McNamara is in possession of his marbles now, it would be but a recent development. On the contrary, I would suggest that his middle name is probably as appropriate now as it ever was.

  10. Leinad says:

    I might not like his marbles tim, but for a geezer of his age he’s in remarkable shape.

  11. zorronsky says:

    Any old lunatic will do. And it is that time of the year for thinking of amazing comebacks.

  12. Martin B says:

    My favourite George Bush joke is still from the early days of the Presidency when Cheney’s ongoing chest pains led W to be described as a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in the country…

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