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Fred Thompson Could Replace Cheney as VP Print E-mail
by Sam Merten    Wed, Jun 27, 2007, 05:49 AM

fred_thompson.jpgRumors are running wild about a GOP plan to oust Vice President Dick Cheney and replace him with former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson in an attempt to salvage the end of Bush’s presidency and prep Thompson as Bush’s successor.

In a Washington Post story Tuesday, Sally Quinn says removing a sitting vice president won’t be easy, but this may be the moment.

“Cheney is scheduled this summer for surgery to replace his pacemaker, which needs new batteries,” Quinn wrote. “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 vice president would also like to spend more time with his ever-expanding family.”

The American Politics Journal was on this story back in April, speculating that “former senator Fred Thompson will replace Mr. Cheney within the next 45 days subsequent to the Vice President announcing his departure from office due to physical incapability.” Of course, those 45 days have run out, but it’s interesting to note.

The Republicans would likely love to distance themselves from Cheney, who is seen as the architect of the war in Iraq and proponent of engaging Iran in a conflict. However, as Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson points out, Cheney knows how to survive.

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written by Lee , June 27, 2007

Why would Thompson want to associate himself with Bush, the worst president in at least 100 years, maybe 200?

written by Scott Bennett , June 27, 2007

Sam, I talked to a friend in DC last night who has a slightly different version. Her version is that Bush would name Sen. John McCain as Veep thereby allowing him to gracefully drop out of the Presidential race.

I doubt this because the GOP would drop a Senate seat from Arizona. However, according to Sheila Bush wants to reward McCain for his work on immigration.

written by Libby Shaw , June 27, 2007

I cannot imagine Cheney relinquishing his grip on the enormous power he has accumulated since he took office. He is indeed the de facto President of the United States. His influence pervades every aspect of our government. If one would read the four part series in the The Washington Post on Cheney (which began on Sunday), one would know what I am talking about.

The Republican Party needs to do the right thing and force Cheney to step down. Much like Goldwater did with Nixon. The GOP enabled and overtly or tacitly supported Cheney’s extraordinary and unprecedented accumulation of power. For the good of the nation, our U.S. Constitution and democracy, the party needs to step up and atone. It’s well past the time for the Stalinesque dictator to go.

written by Rorschach , June 27, 2007

Why on earth would Fred Thompson, currently well ahead of the closest contender in the presidential race without even having announced or campaigned yet, be willing to shoot himself in the foot by accepting? That is insane. As things stand right now, he would win hands down and he'd win because he is actually espousing the core beliefs of every true conservative in the nation. Associating himself with Bush would be suicide to his campaign.

written by Jeff Turner , June 27, 2007

Assuming the rumor (that the GOP leadership is considering Fred Thompson to replace Cheney) is true, regardless of whether the plan actually plays out, it does show this fact: Fred Thompson is another member of the GOP party establishment. That is, he is their man for 2008. I respectfully disagree with Rorschach; Mr. Thompson is not "actually espousing the core beliefs of every true conservative." He has joined the Council of Foreign Relations, which is largely behind the North American Union project started by President Bush in 2005 in Waco, Texas. I understand him to support the military adventure in the Middle East, only softly criticizing the way that adventure has been conducted, not the actual decision to goin. Finally, Mr. Thompson is a protege of Howard Baker; in fact, in the 1990s while running for Senator he sold himself to the TN public as a "moderate." Yes, joining this administration would be the "kiss of death." But, for me, the fact that the GOP establishment likes him enough to consider him is the "kiss of death."

written by Bluebonnet , June 27, 2007

That's funny because I have it on excellent authority that Roger Staubach is going to replace Dick Cheney. He's going to help Bush throw "Hail Marys" for the next year and a half.

written by Adam , June 27, 2007

What if we replace both with a monkey and that squirrel that likes to water ski. I am more than disappointed in this administrations complete disregard to the base that put them in power.

written by Steve Heath , June 27, 2007

Jeff- Don't forget also that Thompson went out of his way to join and promote the pro-war campaign after he left the Senate. Poor judgment. Remember that not everyone was fooled by the lies and propaganda that lead us to this disastrous war. Pat Buchanan,Ron Paul, Ralph Nader and many others were not fooled. As hard as it is for the GOP faithful to admit a mistake, I think it's high time those who gave us good advice, and who warned us of the dangers of this foolish Neocon war are given proper credit.

Fred Thompson took it upon himself to lead the campaign to support Lewis Libby - one of the main architects of this disastrous war based on lies, hype and misinformation - all from the Office of Special Plans ("OSP") in Cheney's basement. Also, don't forget his lobbying efforts on behalf of the brutal dictator Aristide in Haiti.

Thompson has a record of poor judgment. He's an actor and a politician. All of this will come back to haunt him when he is running against Hillary. That being said, he is slightly better than McCain, who has also pulled the wool over the eyes of a lot of people. I fail to see how any conservative can choose such a candidate over someone like Ron Paul.

I believe it is very likely that McCain or Thompson will be chosen to fill in for Cheney. Both Cheney (and possibly Bush) will need someone they can count on in the future when it comes down to issuing a presidential pardon.

written by Dave Thomas , June 28, 2007

I can't believe you guys even published such a stupid rumor. I've heard this kind of garbage for years. In the 1992 campaign, rumors ran rampant that Bush (41) was about to drop Dan Quayle for Jack Kemp. Folks that I knew inside the White House got a good chuckle out of that idea. Of course, it never happened.

There were Rumors in 1999 that Clinton would step aside to give Gore the incumbency he would need to win the 2000 race. That was a huge laugh inside the White House.

Bottom line: don't expect either Bush or Cheney to leave office before January 20, 2009.

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