WaPo's Quinn floats trial balloon: Replace Cheney with Fred Thompson (then run Thompson in 2008)
Well, that's beyond shameless, isn't it? Even for Ben Bradlee's child bride. Maybe that's why she's got a yen for Fred? Anything, anything at all to evade accountability and preserve the "Our Town," the Beltway as a Republican fiefdom. Her and Dean Floater, the gaseous turd. Anyhow, here's the excuse:
Cheney is scheduled this summer for surgery to replace his pacemaker, which needs new batteries. So if the president is willing, and Republicans are able, they have a convenient reason to replace him: doctor's orders. And I'm sure the the vice president would also like to spend more time with his ever-expanding family.
And who would replace Cheney?
The idea is [nice use of the passive] to install a vice president who could beat the Democratic nominee in 2008. It's unlikely that any of the top three Republican candidates -- former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Sen. John McCain of Arizona or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- would want the job, for fear that association with Bush's war would be the kiss of death.
Nor would any of them be that attractive to the president.
hat leaves Fred Thompson. Everybody loves Fred. He has the healing qualities of Gerald Ford and the movie-star appeal of Ronald Reagan. He is relatively moderate on social issues. He has a reputation as a peacemaker and a compromiser. And he has a good sense of humor.
He could be just the partner to bring out Bush's better nature -- or at least be a sensible voice of reason.
Have you ever read anything more disrespectful of the electoral process and of Constitutional government?
This is what the Beltway 500 thinks of Constitutional government. No, don't impeach Chney for his crimes and Constitutional outrages. That wouldn't help with the whole Civility thing. It would be Undignified.
No, ease a Constitutional officer out, to win an election. Jesus, the way these guys work, the next thing they'll do is rotate vice Presidential Entities to win the midterms. Then to get a bump in the polls.
NOTE This brilliant idea must be making the rounds of the cocktail wienie circuit: WaPo's Gene Robinson writes on it, too.