Given the number of highly responsible positions he has held dating back to chief of staff for Gerald Ford in 1975, it seems almost impossible that Vice President Cheney would only be 68 in 2008. Indeed, according to his White House biography, Vice President Cheney’s “career in public service began in 1969 when he joined the Nixon Administration, serving in a number of positions at the Cost of Living Council, at the Office of Economic Opportunity, and within the White House.”
In the Washington Times today, Tod Lindberg mentions his recent dinner with Vice President Cheney and their intriguing discussion of the possibity that Mr. Cheney might be persuaded to run for president:
Fred Barnes wrote in the Weekly Standard a couple weeks ago exploring the possibility of a Cheney candidacy in 2008. If there were no realistic possibility of the vice president going along, the person I was sitting next to at dinner the other day would surely have taken my mention of the Barnes article as occasion to knock the idea down. That didn’t happen. On the contrary.
Lindberg envisions the possibility materializing under circumstances that honor Mr. Cheney’s previously stated disclaimers of interest in the job. Lindberg’s interesting column is “A Cheney candidacy in 2008?”