I just wanted to acknowledge what CNN is now reporting, that Dick Cheney will hold the power of the Presidency while Bush undergoes a colonoscopy.
This will likely just end up as a blip on the radar screen. Cheney will probably spend his short time as President eating snacks and watching TV, or otherwise wreaking whatever havoc he ordinarily wreaks over the course of the day.
Then again, a lot can happen in 2 and a half hours.
On an entirely serious note, the Veep has pushed to expand his influence not only beyond the customary, but also the legal authority of his office. If there were one person in public life who would exercise Presidential power as a caretaker, does anyone doubt it would be Cheney?
In all likelihood, this is a big ‘ol non-story. But I’m still going to breathe a big sigh of relief when Bush wakes up and relieves Cheney after an uneventful few hours.
— Scott Paul