Will Cheney Follow Rumsfeld Out Of The Bush Administration?
Does Dick Cheney feel like a lame duck?
That was the thought posed by Congressional Quarterly political analyst Craig Crawford. Speaking on MSNBC's Hardball today, Crawford told host Chris Matthews that he wonders if Cheney "stays in this administration for the full term here. I really wonder if Rumsfeld’s leaving is just the beginning."
Crawford's reasoning is that Cheney's "authority is waning, if not gone." With a Democratic-controlled Congress come January, and President Bush appearing to listen to friends of his father -- James Baker, Brent Scowcroft, Robert Gates -- instead of Cheney's neocon friends, the veep has never been more "isolated."
Here's part of the transcript:
MATTHEWS: Why would he leave?
CRAWFORD: My point is I don’t know why he’d want to stick around.
MATTHEWS: He has assumed an awful lot of authority under this President.
CRAWFORD: I know, and that authority is waning, if not gone. And my point is why would he want to stick around in this environment? He might just choose to leave.
MATTHEWS: Let me check this. I rarely do this on the show. Are you teasing? Are you — do you actually think there’s a reasonable plausible case for this Vice President to give up all the power he enjoys as the President’s first counsel?
CRAWFORD: Not if he doesn’t enjoy it anymore. I mean all I’m seeing is the man getting isolated more and more. This seems to be his most vulnerable position in the entire Bush administration.