Horrifying or hilarious? I'm not exactly sure. But I do know that Bob Woodward loves the idea that Dick Cheney will be the GOP nominee in 2008. Back in May
, on NBC's The Chris Matthews Show
, Woodward said that Cheney is "a serious dark horse candidate" for the 2008 GOP nomination.
Speaking in Aspen on Tuesday night, Woodward kept up his campaign for Cheney.
"He would be 67 if he ran and was elected. Reagan was 69. Republicans always like the old warhorse. ... Nixon was 68," said Woodward, best known for exposing the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. "Both parties like to nominate vice presidents. ... Cheney would do it, and I think it's highly likely, so stay tuned."
Woodward either is ignoring Cheney's insistence that he won't run in 2008
, knows something that we don't know, or assumes that Cheney's lying about not wanting to run. Whatever the answer, this is what Cheney said early this year:
Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday categorically ruled out a run for the White House in 2008, even if asked by the Republican president who recruited him back into government. "I will say just as hard as I possibly know how to say ... 'If nominated, I will not run,' 'If elected, I will not serve,' or not only no, but 'Hell no,"' Cheney told "Fox News Sunday," making clear he intends to retire from politics at the end of his current term. "... I've got my plans laid out. I'm going to serve this president for the next four years, and then I'm out of here."
I certainly wouldn't mind seeing Cheney as the GOP nominee, but I seriously question Woodward's thinking on this one. The 2008 GOP bench may be a bit weak, but even I don't think it's that weak to the point that they'll nominate Cheney. Normally, I'd say something here like "stranger things have happened," but in this case, I'm not sure they really have.