Cheney and The New York Sun Rise Again
Ross Douthat’s first column for the New York Times, “Cheney for President,” ponders the recent uptick in Dick Cheney’s visibility as evidence that he might have been better suited as the Republican’s candidate for president.
But while Douthat’s column paints the possibility of a Cheney candidacy as best considered only in retrospect, some on the right actually think that the former vice president should have been the GOP’s contender in 2008 — and advocated for such early on.
“Our own view is that Mr. Cheney just might have beaten Mr. Obama, particularly if he had broken with Mr. Bush on the bailout of the banks and the seizure of AIG and Fannie Mae, actions that both Messrs. McCain and Obama backed,” write the editors of The New York Sun, the conservative daily paper that ceased publication last fall.
The piece is surprising in two regards: first in that it touts their support for a Cheney candidacy as far back as April 2007, and second that it’s being published in the conservative Sun, which was supposedly shuttered in September 2008.
“Imagine for a moment that [Cheney]‘d had that chance,” Douthat’s column muses. But the Sun did. Cheney “would bring the most to the race” the Sun’s editors wrote over two years ago, listing his foreign policy experience, the strength of Lynne as the first-lady, and the fact that he was a full four years younger than John McCain.
Almost as non-sensical as a Cheney ‘08 campaign is the publication of editorials at a defunct newspaper. A quick look to the site’s main page reveals that little has happened since its last day of publication on September 30, 2008 — but a few new articles have emerged yesterday and today. Another curious change: the copyright on the bottom of the site’s page reads “© 2002-2009 TWO SL LLC” — the previous owner was One SL LLC.
Perhaps, along with Cheney, the Sun is planning to rise again.