Bill over at OhioNeocon has mused about a possible Cheney-Thompson ticket, and I think it would definitely be strong. Fred Thompson is youthful (six years younger than McCain), and with Hollywood good looks. As Bill points out, the man is experienced as well. And now it looks like there are indications that a Cheney-Thompson ticket may be coming soon to a ballot box near you:
FRED THOMPSON IS adding more big-name policy talent as his testing-the-waters committee continues to grow into a real presidential campaign. Among the new additions: Mark Esper, national security adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist; Joel Shin, a top policy staffer on Bush-Cheney 2000; and Elizabeth Cheney, a former top official in the State Department's Near East and South Asia department.
Liz Cheney, the older of Vice President Dick Cheney's two daughters, served most recently as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs and coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives. That title--no doubt one of the longest in the federal government--means that Cheney was on the leading edge of President Bush's effort to bring democratic and market-based reform to the region. A longtime democracy advocate, Cheney was a strong proponent of women's rights in the region. Her previous experience includes time at the World Bank, two prior stints at the State Department, and service as a US AID officer in Poland and Hungary.
If you are looking for hints that a Cheney-Thompson ticket might be in the works, there probably couldn't be a bigger one than Cheney's own daughter going to work for Thompson's campaign, setting up the legwork, so to speak. And you've got to give credit to OhioNeocon for breaking this story before anyone knew it was a story.
I still hope that Cheney considers Gonzales, but if he's made up his mind about Thompson, then it's certainly a choice I can live with.