Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Mustang Bobby at the Miami-Dade blog Bark Bark Woof Woof notes that the Washington Times magazine Insight has published a piece which says that Vice President Dick Cheney could retire after the mid-term elections in November.

The story says that, considering the reportedly growing rift between the president and vice president and their staffs, as well as the possible crisis regarding the Scotter Libby classified leak case, there is a concern that Cheney is becoming too much of a political liability for the administration. What the magazine calls "senior GOP sources" are anticipating that the vice president will be encouraged to resign next year several months following the congressional elections.

"Nothing will happen until after the congressional elections," a GOP source said. "After that, there will be significant changes in the administration and Cheney will probably be part of that."

Under the rules of succession in the Constitution, in such a case the President will nominate a Vice President who would take office upon confirmation by a majority of both houses of Congress. The Speaker of the House --- currently Congressman Dennis Hastert (R - IL) --- is third in line and would be the most likely individual selected, especially for such a relitively short period (about 1 1/2 year until after the 2008 election).

That could have some interesting ramifications for our local congressman, Adam Putnam (R - FL), who is a close ally and friend of the speaker and has hosted Hastert at his residence near Bartow.


Anonymous Bob said...

Whether this scenario happens or not, your local Congessman is on track to become Speaker himself one day, which will be very, very good for Polk County.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

If they make a change, they will likely select someone with Presidential aspirations, like McCain, or even John Ellis Bush who be out of a public job by then.

I don't see any real benefit to any candidate in being tied to this crew. It might help in the primaries, but it would be dead weight in the election.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Robert C. said...

I could never see McCain playing second fiddle to anyone, especially Bush. He's too darn independent for the neocoms.

As for brother Bush, after eight years of his own serving as Governor, I'm sure he's ready to take a couple of years off. I can see him running for a Congressional seat in 2008, biding his time until Nelson is ready for reelection in 2012; he won't challenge his fellow Repub Martinez

6:54 AM  

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