The column ends up being more or less a trite analysis of the Republican presidential contest, in which Giuliani, McCain, and Romney are rejected for various reasons in favor of Fred Thompson.
I’m not sure how it would actually help any presidential candidate to become vice president at this point. Not only would whoever is chosen become associated with the President Bush’s unpopular administration, but he or she wouldn’t have much time to do anything of significance by the time the primary rolls around. It may make sense for a second tier candidate who has nothing to lose to accept the position, but I don’t see how it would benefit Thompson. Meanwhile, if Bush were ever to replace Cheney, given what we know about his presidency, he’s much more likely to tap his inner circle–by promoting Condi Rice for example–than reaching for an outsider. If nothing else, it would certainly make Dick Morris happy.