It’s all but official – but…
April 12, 2007 — Washington (apj.us) — Not many people know this, but Fred Thompson is a great guy with a terrific sense of humor. I like him. When American Politics Journal published a great foto-funny of Thompson, Gingrich, and others dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz, I heard from Thompson that he had framed his copy and hung it in his Senate office.
Earlier today I was sitting at lunch at the Capitol Hill Club with one of Fred Thompson’s biggest supporters who will go unnamed. I, like other people involved in politics, had been hearing rumors for weeks that Dick Cheney was finally going to resign and that President Bush is going to appoint Condoleezza Rice as his new vice president — making her the first African American vice-president in history.
Of course, this is pap. Ms. Rice has far better things to do then to fill Mr. Cheney’s empty shoes and she has already turned down the job according to sources.
In fact, the truth — at least as told to me today — is that former senator Fred Thompson will replace Mr. Cheney within the next 45 days subsequent to the Vice President announcing his departure from office due to physical incapability.
This scenario is now underscored by the fact that Mr. Thompson has revealed his bout with cancer in order to fly a trial balloon testing public reaction. Mr. Thompson, now the only darling of ultraconservatives around the nation, is well placed — from their point of view — to carry the standard Neocon point of view and will be in the catbird’s seat for the GOP nomination for President of the United States.
The public announcement of Mr. Thompson’s winning battle with lymphoma did not happen accidentally. However, polling is still not complete on voter reaction to his potential appointment as Vice President. Thus things could change.
Don’t bet on it.
I might put a hefty wager on Thompson taking residence in the Observatory before summer.