Posted by Peter W. Schramm
Dana Milbank of the Washington Post passes on the rumors that Vice President Cheney is getting a lot of flack from even pro-Bush folks, and maybe he should not be on the ticket. This will continue; rumor mongering is part of politics. In the meantime, Bushs approval rating moved up three points in the CNN Poll, to 52%.
10:07 AM / February 10, 2004
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You will recall that I predicted this in my end of year predictions. The next step will some polls and talking heads saying that Cheney will be a "drag" on Bush. Look for this to reach a crescendo in about May or June.
This reads like it came right from the Kerry campaign research team!
The election will be close. On balance it really would help Bush to replace Cheney, assuming the right replacement. It would be easy for Cheney to step down with honor. I agree with S.H.; it will happen.
I am not necessarily predicting it will happen; only that a ferment will be generated in order to cause mischief and distract Bush and Rove from their game, just as in this tissue-thin Milbank story. (But then, Milbank has never been very favorable to Bush in his reporting.) I doubt Cheney will withdraw unless he sincerely wants to.