I don’t think so. Sally Quinn in an op-ed for the Washington Post, however, thinks there might be a GOP plan afoot to remove the number two man of
the executive branch people who hang out at the White House. She bases this, in part, on the fact that Barry Goldwater hung out at her house while he agonized over telling Richrad Nixon to beat it for the good of the country and Republican party. I don’t doubt that there is a certain portion of Republicans who think that removing Cheney would be beneficial, whether it be for ideological or strategic reasons. But I also don’t think this is a realistic option, nor do, I suspect, any Republican members of Congress or party elders. But that’s not the best part of the article. The real fun comes when Quinn speculates who should replace the VP:
Everybody loves Fred. He has the healing qualities of Gerald Ford and the movie-star appeal of Ronald Reagan. He is relatively moderate on social issues. He has a reputation as a peacemaker and a compromiser. And he has a good sense of humor.
I’ll grant that Fred Thomson has charisma, but “the healing qualities of Gerald Ford”? Ford was in the House of Representatives for twenty-four years before he became president, giving him a lot of time to form relationships with members of both parties. Thompson was in the Senate for eight years.
The best reason for Thompson to become VP would be because he isn’t really ready to be president. He doesn’t have the expereience or the support for a key conservative issue (like Tancreado and immigration) in which to cement a campaign. Right now his biggest assests are rhetoric, lack of familiarity, and image (the “true conservative heir”)–all of which are fairly cheap and equally short-lived. He would get to play the “presidential” role and guide his party’s politics without having to make a bid that might flame out under greater scrunity. Maybe it’s not so crazy afterall….