A Washington-based lawyer and former political director for the Log Cabin Republicans named Christopher Barron filed papers last week to launch a group called “Draft Cheney 2012.” The group now has a web site where you can sign on to try and convince the former vice president to jump into the presidential fray next time around. “We hope,” reads the banner on the site, “that you will join our effort to convince former Vice President Richard Cheney to run for president of the United States in 2012. No other Republican leader has the stature or experience of Dick Cheney. He alone can lead the Republican coalition to victory in 2012!” There’s also another site, possibly a joke, touting a Palin/Cheney ticket in 2012.
Sure. Why not? After the madness and stupidity of the last ten years, having the political version of Gilligan and the Skipper share a ticket for the highest office in the land makes a demented kind of sense. After all, once you’ve hit the bottom of the barrel, you might as well stay and enjoy the view.
Mr. Barron appears deadly serious about drafting Cheney to run in ’12, despite the fact that the former VP and his four heart attacks publicly stated he will not run. “We know that Dick Cheney doesn’t want to run for president,” said Barron in a recent interview. “This is about convincing the former vice president that we need him to run. And I think there is only one man who is capable of bringing the entire Republican coalition together and speaking with clarity about the values that have made our party great. And that is Vice President Cheney.”
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