"More than half of (Vice President Dick) Cheney's fundraisers in this two-year cycle have been behind closed doors. Even at a lunchtime speech to Wisconsin Republican donors that was open to reporters, gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mark Green
did not stand on stage, ensuring no pictures of the two together on the news
, and some other Republican candidates did not attend at all.
But White House aides said it would be a mistake to underestimate Cheney even now. Although he is viewed favorably by just 34 percent
of the public in the most recent Wall Street Journal/
NBC poll, he remains a champion of conservatives ..."