It's difficult to know what to say: The New York Sun wants Dick Cheney to run for president. Our catastrophically incompetent veep may have only a 34% approval rating, but the Sun's editors think he'd be a fine candidate. They make their case based on Cheney's "experience," and, somewhat strangely, on the assertion that "Lynne Cheney would make one of the greatest First Ladies in history." But their real interest seems to be in the notion that he would serve as some sort of rearguard defender of Dubya's presidency:
Were Mr. Cheney in the race, it's hard to imagine that the president's approval ratings would not be five or 10 points higher. The reason is that the administration would have a defender on the campaign trail as part of the public debate.Given that Cheney already seems to spend a lot of time running around defending
Lawrence Kudlow wrote a column a while back saying he hoped President Bush asked Vice President Cheney to run for president in 2008. It was a fine idea then and it still is — not because the current field is particularly weak, but because Mr. Cheney is so much more experienced and shrewd a figure, one who could help settle some of the arguments about the Bush years in favor of Mr. Bush. A White House aiming to get Mr. Cheney elected could also avoid some of the hazards that befall lame-ducks — drift, brain drain, irrelevance. Such a campaign might lift Mr. Cheney's own standing in the polls.