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View Diary: Cheney Lied to Prosecutors; Fitz Suspects Emails Destroyed; Gonzales Withholds Emails (Poll) (269 comments)

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  •  New VP (none)
    The MSM, (Russert, Chris Matthews), are hungering for McCain to be President.  The powers behind the throne (GOP) must know that Cheney won't be very electable in 2008.  So now they want to insert an electable Player Super Hero as VP.  --  and the Mighty Wurlitzer approves.
    •  Cheney has made clear that he will not run. (none)
      This afternoon Peggy Noonan reminds us of what started to happen last fall when it appearred that Fitz was going to indict 21 WH insiders.

      The GOP wants to put their leading 2008 insider nominee in the VP spot.

      I think this was the original plan even before Cheney's troubles accelerated the plan.

      Noonan says there are 3 Senators who are vying for the VP spot.  McCain, Allen, and Frist have been mentioned.

      Polls of registered Republicans place Rudie Guiliani in the lead, closely followed by McCain, and Allen and Frist pulling up distant 3 and 4.

      Condi Rice's name has been mentioned to divert the female, and minority votes, but probably at too much cost among the most right wing.  She's probably still a leading candidate for number 2, in 2008, although I don't think she will survive the WHIG indictments unscathed.

      Conventional wisdom has Frist falling fast after several castrating events in the last year.  And he seems to have lost heart and the fire in the belly.  I think he's on the out.

      McCain seems highly plausible from a GOP strategic view, however, Bush apparently doesn't really like him.  I don't know how much of a factor this will have.

      But since Senate confirmation is needed McCain and Allen probably gain points at Guiliani's expense.

      If forced to predict now, I'd say McCain will be the most likely V.P. replacement.

      He's already been vetted, and is owed a lot of favors in the Senate, and has played pattycake with the Bush GOP even after the Rove Bush crowed worked him over in Carolina.

      But Allen star seems to be rising.

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