Vice President Dick Cheney may not appear at the Republican Convention, the American Spectator reports.
The Spectator reports that "Cheney has not sought a speaking slot at the convention, nor has his staff sought a role for him at the convention. The McCain campaign has not gone out of its way to reach out to Cheney, though a segment of conservative Republicans had been pressing the campaign to include Cheney in the convention agenda."
Why? Is there concern in Camp McCain that playing John Williams' foreboding trumpet-filled Darth Vader theme song will bring gloom into the coronation of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.?
Schpritzing McCain with that Cheney parfum is clearly the hope of the Democratic National Committee, which this morning launches a new website, TheNextCheney.com.
The site attacks not McCain so much, however, as much as it goes after potential VP picks for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee -- specifically Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, FedEx CEO Fred Smith and Sen. John Thune, R-SD.
Sample rhetoric: "Dick Cheney handpicked Pawlenty as Minnesota's nextgovernor in 2001. Learn more about Pawlenty's ethics violations."
UPDATE: In response to the DNC's launch of the new website, Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant writes, "While everyone else is debating the all-too-real energy crisis, it's good to see Democrats are obsessing over hypothetical political match-ups. The DNC is having fun with Washington parlor games, but the rest of the nation is debating the merits of McCain's 'all-of-the-above' energy plan versus Obama's 'inflate-your-tires' approach."