Let’s assume that Sir Walter Scott of Parade Magazine got it right.
Let’s assume George II accepts the resignation of Dick Cheney in September 04 (post-convention, of course) for “health reasons.”
So W. has a relatively free hand. Who will he pick?
Some ideas, with comment:
SEN. ELIZABETH DOLE–sex up the ticket a little, help with the women’s vote; BUT she’s not all that moderate (if that’s bad), and the Bushes don’t get along well with the Doles. Next?
SEN. BILL FRIST–pretty conservative; but he’s a former doctor; BUT the Goppers may need him in the Senate, and he may not be ready for a national ticket until '08.
RUDY GUILLIANI–still well-known nationally. BUT George may find 9-11 is getting stale; and RG is “wrong” on abortion and gays; and a loose cannon with a temper.
JOHN ASHCROFT or DON RUMSFELD–way way WAY too controversial.
COLIN POWELL–may help with black vote, but not enough; reminds people of Bush’s weak areas.
MITT ROMNEY–not a bad choice.
THE SON OF THE SENATOR REAGAN TRIED TO RUN WITH IN 1976 (SCHWEIKER?)–Got good press on the “trapped miners” thing, and he’s modest. Maybe.
JEB BUSH–Don’t you roll your eyes at ME, son. It could happen.