A GOP Plan To Oust Cheney?

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Jun 26, 2007 4:21 PM

So Sally Quin has this idea ...

A group of party elders, led by Sen. John Warner of Virginia," should approach Bush and ask him to, "install a vice president who could beat the Democratic nominee in 2008."

She believes Fred Thompson is the obvious Cheney replacement, because:

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. I could easily imagine him telling the president, "For God's sake, do not push that button!" -- a command I have a hard time hearing Cheney give.

Too obvious, right?  Here's how it plays out:

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.

This is pure fantasy, of course.  However, Bush might have made a move like this a year or two ago ...