From the "When Pigs Fly" Department, Sally Quinn suggests in the Washington Post today that a group of Republican "party elders -- led by, say, John Warner -- could prevail on George W. Bush to dump Dick Cheney in favor of Fred Thompson.
Quinn's theory on Cheney: He's "toxic" on Iraq and "dangerous" on Iran, and surgery scheduled for this summer -- doctors will replace the batteries in Cheney's pacemaker -- provides a perfect excuse to say that it's time for the vice president to go.
Quinn's theory on Thompson: He could bring on Bush's "better nature" while setting the Republicans up for victory in 2008. Besides, Quinn says, "Everybody loves Fred."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.