There He Goes Again

Soxblog tosses up a rumor, courtesy of the Weekly Standard’s Bill Krystol, that George W. Bush will dump Dick Cheney in favor of John McCain. I have but one word to offer:


Okay, a few more words: After blatantly campaigning for press secretary in a presumed McCain Administration during the ’00 primaries, Bill Krystol has been floating this and similar trial balloons for years, hoping against hope that it’ll go over with the Bushies, and that he, Krystol the Younger, might ascend with McCain back into the White House firmament.

He might as well hang it up. Bush and McCain don’t trust or even particularly like each other, even though they do agree on a few–but certainly not all–key policies. There’s no chance (and no reason, at this point) for Dubya to dump somebody he trusts implicitly for a wild-card like McCain. If there were to be a replacement for Cheney (not gonna happen), that individual would almost certainly come from within Bush’s inner circle–which definitely does not include John McCain.

If it comes to that, nobody in the Bush White House is likely to give much creedence to Krystol in the first place. There’s an old animus between Bush and Krystol, going back to Dubya’s advising his father to dump Dan Quayle in 1992; Krystol was then Quayle’s chief of staff.

10 Responses to “There He Goes Again”

  1. Frank Martin Says:

    No, but SecDef Mccain sounds good to me……

  2. Dean Says:

    Gee, given how well it’s turned out, perhaps McCain should head the Federal Elections Commission?

  3. David C Says:

    The only McCain rumors that I’ve ever found remotely credible are as part of some larger shakeup. Like Cheney being moved “laterally” to the new National Intelligence Director position with a mandate to really shake things up. Or maybe Rumsfeld moving to that position, and McCain to Defense, though that one doesn’t ring true to me, because Rumsfeld’s too valuable where he is, I think.

  4. Robert Says:

    Could McCain accept playing second fiddle to Bush? At least as a senator he can spout off however he wants whenever he wants. Bush doesn’t like that sort of thing in his administration and McCain loves to hear his own voice.

  5. Will Collier Says:

    I shudder to think about what the Air Force’s reaction would be if McCain became SecDef. Not that this would or should be a veto if he were being considered for the job (civilian control means civilian control), but… phew. That one would get ugly in a hurry.

  6. mike the analyst Says:

    Robert is right. McCain wouldn’t accept the VP nomination anyways, it wouldn’t be to his benefit:
    1 – IF Bush should lose, then McCain would be seen as tarnished for a 2008 run.
    2 – IF Bush wins, then McCain would be forced to play second fiddle in a “warm bucket of spit” job, rather than an important mover and shaker in Congress. He wouldn’t be as powerful, or quoted.
    3 – IF he stays off the ticket and Bush loses, then he is definately set up for frontrunner status, should he choose to run in ’08.
    4 – IF he stays off the ticket and Bush wins, he can still be a viable 08 candidate, especially serving as a critic of the Bush administration and running as a candidate for a “New Republican.”

    He doesn’t win much by being Bush’s VP.

  7. McGehee Says:

    I’ve never thought Bill Kristol had much credibility when it comes to McCain. Back in 2000 he practically had a Kool-Aid™ mustache over McCain’s late-to-the-starting-line, appealing-to-everyone-but-the-Republicans attempt to stop Bush getting the nomination.

  8. erp Says:

    Bush will allow that rumor to be kept alive right up to election day. It’s the only way to keep McCain in line.

  9. john marzan Says:

    Judging from his previous statements, McCain won’t be running for anybody’s VP.

  10. Attila Girl Says:

    If Cheney bows out, it’ll be Condi. Be realistic.

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