Monday, February 20, 2006

VP Cheney: Lost cause?

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For W, blame-taking veep preferable to office-seeker

Cheney was judged to be a big help in the first term and the 2004 re-election campaign, but there is a strong sense, even among some GOP stalwarts, that his influence has ebbed.

"He was a big plus. He clearly is not now. That has to wear on a relationship," said a Republican intimately familiar with how the White House operates.

Far more important to Cheney's standing with Bush than the regrettable shooting, a Republican said, is the vice president's unflinching advocacy of invading Iraq and the costly ensuing military operation.

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