The Vice painted Obama as a naive wimp on the national security front, a guy who earns applause lines in Europe -- especially among Don Rumsfeld’s favorite chocolate-making countries of Belgium and France.
There are drawbacks to Cheney in '12. Age and health issues go against him. The guy is 68 and would be the oldest President voted into the White House. Ronald Reagan was 69 when first elected, but John McCain gave it a shot at 73. McCain did okay until the scary reality of Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from being Commander-in-Chief terrified millions of voters.
Cheney has heart issues, but he appears reinvigorated since leaving the White House. Age and health questions could be put to rest by selecting a younger and robust running mate. My vote goes to Rush Limbaugh, a virtual babe at 58.
The only question: Would RushBo be willing to stick it out for a possible eight years? No problem. Cheney, who recently praised Limbaugh as the leader of the GOP over the likes of people like Colin Powell, could cut a deal with Rush. He could say “Four for me and then it’s yours, Rush.”
A Cheney-Limbaugh candidacy would have hearts racing among hard-core GOPers. It also would have hearts racing among Obama supporters. Isn’t it interesting that Obama penciled in his Gitmo talk at the National Archives right before Cheney’s speech? The White House knew exactly when Cheney was scheduled to speak. Staffers expected Cheney to rebut the President. Media coverage was bound to present the back-to-back speeches a debate, one that Obama wins hands-down.
The Vice was set up. He got punk’d by political operatives in the White House.