Be careful what you wish for. Were Cheney to slither away Bush could probably deflect most of Plamegate and a fair amount of the blame for Iraq (many of whose most important decisions were closely linked to Cheney and his cohorts) onto the VP. Provided his successor (Mitt Romney's term ends at the end of the year and Condi Rice could easily hand over the reins at State) maintained a reasonable distance from Bush he or she could provide a potential successor in a Republican field bereft of big names. By getting Cheney's head on a platter the Democrats could sow the seeds of defeat in 2008.
If you are saying it (twice, even), you know that Rove is thinking it! Cheney will likely be gone before 2008 - and if he can take all the blame with him, then you may be right. On the other hand, I think the smell of this administration will remain long after Cheney leaves the room!
Don't forget that Cheney's influence is probably almost as strong as Rove's. Cheney will depart if and when he wants to depart. He is atrocious at PR but he is an exceptionally intelligent man.
He is atrocious at PR but he is an exceptionally intelligent man.So is Hannibal Lechter!