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.)