I'm not a Republican but I can't help but notice that the Republican ticket this year is kind of a dead end. In most recent elections, after a president's second term the VP will run for president in the next election. Given Cheney's age and health I don't think this would be the case should Bush happen to win a second term. If Cheney is a true Republican I see that within the first two years of Bush's next term he will step down from the VP position (due to health reasons) and Bush will appoint another VP in order to field a viable candidate for the 2008 election (Giuliani?). Cheney could very easily maintain a position as a high level advisor, but will he do it? We already know Cheney is a bit self serving. When asked to research and find a good running mate in Bush's first run he managed to find himself. We also know he is a liar. While portraying Kerry as soft on the millitary by talking about the systems that he voted against he fails to point out that at the time he was the Secretary of Defense and was calling for even larger cuts than what Congress was allowing him. See here http://slate.msn.com/id/2106119 and here http://slate.msn.com/id/2096127/. I know Slate happens to be a bit more to the left than a lot of news sites however I trust them since they do their research and admit when they are wrong which is more than a lot of media outlets will do these days. See here http://slate.msn.com/id/2106630 and here http://slate.msn.com/id/109707 So now back to my topic. Will Cheney step down for the benefit of the Republican party? Or will he selfishly hold on to his office and leave the 2008 election up for grabs? Just some thoughts.