September 16, 2005


Cheney to Have Surgery (Mary Ann Akers, Sep. 16; 2005, Roll Call)

Vice President Cheney is scheduled to undergo surgery next weekend to treat an aneurysm, his spokesman confirmed to Roll Call today.

You'd want to leave the schedule clear for the hearings on John McCain's appointment as vice president.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2005 5:30 PM

McCain? I thought you were saying it would be Rice?

Posted by: Brandon at September 16, 2005 5:46 PM

Besides, Arizona has a Democratic governor. Who would appoint a Democrat to the Senate.

Posted by: Brandon at September 16, 2005 5:47 PM

Too horrible to think about.

Posted by: erp at September 16, 2005 5:50 PM

It might be tempting to nudge the authoritarian, First Amendment-gutting Arizona blowhard into a position of relative impotence. But what if W fell out of a helicopter while dumping greenbacks on the Gulf coast? Ugh.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at September 16, 2005 6:08 PM

Its an aneurysm in his leg!

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 16, 2005 6:09 PM


Ah, how you underestimate Machiavelli...

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2005 6:12 PM

McCain would be dumb to take it - as it is right now he can run as the anti-Bush Bush - the conservative that will simultaneously continue with Bush's successful policies while cleaning up Bush's mistakes. McCain has just the right amount of political distance from Bush to benefit from both Bush's political successes and mistakes.

Posted by: Shelton at September 16, 2005 6:27 PM

Technically, Arizona's governor must (pursuant to Arizona law) appoint a Republican to replace McCain. Unfortunately, there are plenty of Arizona RINOs to the left of McCain that she could chose from.

Posted by: "Edward" at September 16, 2005 6:30 PM

I hate to keep pointing this out, OJ, but your predictions of Cheney's replacement had been both legion and remarkably inaccurate.

Cheney's a tough old bird, one who likes being in the thick of the action. He could be hooked up to the Jarvik 7 and he'd still be vice president.

So, in the words of G.H.W.Bush: Not gonna happen.

P.S. Axel, you made me laugh out loud.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at September 16, 2005 7:40 PM

It's almost unheard of for such high ranking politicians to resign because of health. They prefer to hold onto their office until death pries it from their hands. There's a reason why Washington stepping down was greeted with such shock.

And picking McCain is not in Bush's M.O. He wants yes-men around him that he knows are loyal. He's quarreled with McCain too many times. If it happens, I'd be surprised.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at September 16, 2005 7:44 PM

Bush surrounded himself with "yes-men"? Sheesh.

Considering the "my way or the highway" attitude usually demonstrated by Senator Ego (R-Keating5), an administration with him at the top will set a record for sycophanty. He'll have to check every chair before sitting down to make sure there's not a subordinate or a New York Times-Democrat columnist waiting there face up and ready to plant a kiss.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 16, 2005 9:13 PM


It's just one prediction and it is certainly accurate. W wants to make sure he has a GOP successor and a hand-picked VP is the best bet.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2005 11:09 PM


The general is easy--he needs to win the nomination. The kiss of W makes that easier.

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2005 11:10 PM

Cheney's a yes man? I thought the common conception on the Left is that Bush is a dope and Cheney is secretly running the country.

Posted by: Governor Breck at September 17, 2005 12:11 AM

Picking McCain would be fun if for no other reason than to watch the reaction of much of the Washington press corps, which would be about the same as someone who just discovered their spouse had been cheating on them for the past 20 years.

Posted by: John at September 17, 2005 12:32 AM

oj is tossing red meat to the hordes again.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at September 17, 2005 10:04 AM

Con-dee! Con-dee! Con-dee!

(Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?)

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 17, 2005 11:08 AM

How about Janice Rogers Brown for VP? She'd do nicely as our first black President if Bush should choose to step down a few days early in 2009; or, if they choose, she would be confirmed easily for the Supreme Court after being confirmed by a wide margin for the VP slot.

Posted by: pj at September 17, 2005 12:19 PM

I doubt that W would waste the Vice Presidency on someone who's not going to run in 2008.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 17, 2005 6:39 PM


She hasn't ruled out running.

Posted by: oj at September 17, 2005 8:16 PM