Quick politics bits

Sure, we're still three years out from when the public at large will get invested in the 2008 presidential election, but for the chattering classes, the "Race for the White House" (or "America Decides," "Indecision 2008," or whatever else the networks will name this one) has already long since begun.

We've all heard far too much about Hillary Clinton's campaign, but on the Dark, er, Republican side, a couple of interesting developments today.

Firstly, Bob Woodward, erstwhile investigative reporter and lately White House mouthpiece, thinks that "old warhorse" Dick Cheney will run for president. Despite his public announcements that running is out of the question, remember that this is the man who, a head of the veep-nominating committee for the 2000 election, chose himself as the best candidate.

Woodward continued:

"He would be 67 if he ran and was elected. Reagan was 69. Republicans always like the old warhorse ... Nixon was 68. ... Both parties like to nominate vice presidents. ... Cheney would do it, and I think it's highly likely, so stay tuned."
Stay tuned indeed. If Cheney, the sneering public face of the malignance of the Bush administration, hits the campaign trail again, he'll likely face off against Sen. John McCain in the primary. Two new polls by the American Research Group find that McCain is far ahead of all comers (save "Undecided") in New Hampshire, and is trouncing other candidates in Massachusetts, most notably current governor Mitt Romney. Cheney's not listed in this poll, but it's not hard to imagine how the warhorse would far against the war hero in this race.

Across the aisle and across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that California Senator Barbara Boxer announced she will oppose John Roberts' nomination and force a slowdown of Senate business unless he answers her questions.

The Chronicle quotes Boxer as saying, "I need to know exactly where he will stand, and I need to know if he will fight to protect and defend the rights and freedoms of the American people."

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