Specter of Cheney Hangs Over VP Picks

Second banana must be capable, but not 'co-president'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2008 5:37 PM CDT
Many believe Cheney played too large a roll in the Bush White House.   (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – Dick Cheney's shadow looms large as Barack Obama and John McCain consider possible VP candidates, Jules Witcover writes in Washington Post. Once hailed as a sober, responsible running mate, Cheney overstepped his bounds and impinged on the president’s authority. The next VP must be more restrained, Witcover writes, but not irrelevant.

Cheney’s “co-president” model has been a disaster, yet weak VPs are dangerous too. While the position has been mocked as powerless, nine vice-presidents—nearly 20% of them—have had to take the president's chair. The position needs just enough power to attract talented people—just not ones who plan to rule behind the scenes.