'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Dumping The Dick

The idea that Cheney might be on the chopping block has moved from the status as a rumor on blogs to the pages of Newsweek:

Is Dick Cheney a drag on the ticket? As President Bush's rating dips below 50 percent, some prominent Republicans are beginning nervously to wonder. "The chatter on Cheney has increased in the last two weeks," says Republican strategist Scott Reed. "Cheney has moved into the Bush world; you either love him or hate him." The charge that the Bush administration hyped the WMD threat from Iraq has thrust the vice president into the spotlight, a place he generally prefers not to be.

There was a time when Cheney's presence in the White House was regarded as reassuring. [ ... ] But as Cheney disappeared into his "undisclosed location" after 9/11, surfacing only occasionally to warn of dire threats from terrorists with germs and nukes, he began to look a little bit less like Gary Cooper and more like Dr. Strangelove.

Um... maybe Sydney Greenstreet or Lionel Barrymore ... but Gary Cooper? Whatchoo talkin' bout Newsweek?

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