Cheney! Come Back, Cheney!


Ira Stoll reviews Stephen Hayes' Cheney bio:

My own guess—okay, hope—is that Mr. Cheney has taken a look at the Republican presidential field and sees an opening. If Iowa and New Hampshire Republicans start receiving copies of " Cheney" in their mailboxes, Mr. Cheney's popularity may yet begin to climb.

I'm not old enough to remember this: Does the country always go crazy in the death throes of a failed presidency? Was there a last-ditch "Draft Agnew" movement in 1976 or something? Because if the cadaverous stench of the Iraq War was enough to bring down John McCain—who, remember, used to be the most popular politician in America—then you couldn't dream up a worse 2008 candidate than Dick Cheney. Not from a policy perspective, not from a political perspective. At this point he'd probably lose Utah and Wyoming to a Gravel/Sharpton ticket.

… adding, I've read some of Cheney and its combination of fishing/baseball anecdotes and rosy-glasses Iraq War history didn't win me over to the Cult of Dick. But if someone wants to Fed Ex a bunch of books to Hawkeyes, have a blast.