The rumor mill is flooded with conversation that the recent diagnosis that the Vice President has a blood clot in his leg will lead to his resignation. Many feel that the stress, trial and recent conviction of his protégé, Scooter Libby, has taken its toll. Even conservatives must admit that the mainstream media has succeeded in maligning Cheney and making him the scapegoat for the colossal failures in Iraq and the war on terrorism.

It is interesting to consider who his replacement would be if he did resign. What has truly given rise to the Democrats chances at winning the White House is the fact that the Vice President has no interest in seeking the presidency which throws the primaries and the whole election process wide open. This opens up possibilities for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and opens an even wider door for Al Gore. This could be the most participatory election in our nation’s history. You only need a quarter of the electorate to elect a president. This will bring the voters out like never before. This has truly placed the GOP at a huge disadvantage in the 2008 presidential elections.

The chatter is that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is Bush's choice for VP if Cheney steps down. Does this imply that Ms. Rice has political aspirations and could challenge Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in a general election? Apart from candidate Guiliani, Ms. Rice is the only other GOP superstar that matches up well against Clinton, Obama, and Gore in a general election. I'm certain that this observation is not lost on Republican operatives and insiders. None of us can ignore the intrigue of President Bush appointing a new VP and the impact it could have on the 2008 presidential election. Obviously Cheney has served this country well and doesn't get nearly the credit he deserves, but none of us can ignore that his health concerns loom large.