Former Vice President Dick Cheney – still recovering from his recent heart transplant – is the latest prognosticator to weigh in on Mitt Romney’s eventual Veep short list. While I’m relatively quick to dismiss most commentators and their opinions on this matter, I hold VP Cheney’s opinion in extremely high regard. For what it’s worth, I view Cheney as the greatest Vice President selection of my lifetime; and that includes the first Bush. Cheney was chosen to help George W. Bush effectively govern. He had no aspirations of someday becoming President. He just wanted to do his job and go home. Sure, he checked a few of the obligatory boxes, but he was competence personified… that is before the MSM turned him into something else.
In 2000, Cheney led the vice presidential search for then-candidate George W. Bush that culminated in his own selection as running mate.
He continued, “The thing that I think is important to remember is the decision you make as a presidential candidate on who your running mate’s going to be is the first presidential level decision the public’s going to see you make. It’s the first time you’re making a decision you’re going to have to live with. It gives the public a chance to see you operate and see what you think is important, what kind of individual you choose to serve as your running mate, what are the criteria.”
“I think the single most important criteria has to be the capacity to be president,” Cheney said. “That’s why you pick them. I think lots of times in the past that has not been the foremost criteria.”
“As you watch the talking heads out there now, they’re saying you’ve got to pick a woman, a Hispanic, someone from a big state. They’re all interesting things to speculate about but it’s pretty rare that the election ever turns on those kinds of issues.”