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The Conservative Case for Cheney

From the July 26, 2004 issue: And why he won't be dumped.

Jul 26, 2004, Vol. 9, No. 43 • By JEFFREY BELL and STEPHEN MOORE
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But at a time when at least some voters have heard about Cheney's having a profane exchange with Vermont senator Pat Leahy, could dumping sentiment be up, relative to earlier soundings? Gallup asked a year ago if Cheney should be retained on the ticket, and again last October, and a third time last week. The number has gone from 51 percent (last July) to 53 percent (October) to 59 percent (last week). Cheney is rated very favorably by Republicans (81-12 positive, 70 percent pro-retention), but a majority of independents and even of Democrats now believe he should be retained.

He will be. In the campaign he will argue the conservative case for Bush-Cheney, and his credibility and experience will dwarf that of a Democratic ticket whose combined executive experience comprises Kerry's five years as an assistant prosecutor and two years as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. In the words of George W. Bush, Cheney "can be president."

Stephen Moore is president of the Club for Growth and Jeffrey Bell is a principal of Capital City Partners, a Washington consulting firm.