In the days before the election, Dick Cheney was off making campaign appearances in Wyoming and Colorado and Montana and Idaho and talking with just about every conservative media personality who would have him.
In the days since the elections? Silence.
The vice president spent Election Day and the day before hunting in South Dakota. He returned to Washington in time for yesterday's Cabinet meeting and lunch with George W. Bush, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer and for today's White House meet-and-greet with Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. After yesterday's Cabinet meeting, Bush said a few words for the cameras. Cheney was silent. After lunch yesterday, Bush and Pelosi and Hoyer each took a turn to talk. Again, Cheney was silent. And after their meeting at the White House today, Bush and Reid and Schumer each had things to say to the press. Cheney? Nothing, again.
For a brief moment Thursday, Bush even seemed to forget that his vice president was there.
Maybe Cheney is feeling a little sheepish about those bold predictions of victory he made. Maybe he's steamed that Bush finally cut his pal Donald Rumsfeld loose. Or maybe the president has figured out that if he wants to start looking like he's unitin' not dividin', the Prince of Darkness isn't exactly the best point man for the project.