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WASHINGTON, July 14 - In the annals of Washington conspiracy theories, the latest one, about Vice President Dick Cheney's future on the Republican ticket, is as ingenious as it is far-fetched. But that has not stopped it from racing through Republican and Democratic circles like the latest low-carb diet.

The newest theory - advanced privately by prominent Democrats, including members of Congress - holds that Mr. Cheney recently dismissed his personal doctor so that he could see a new one, who will conveniently tell him in August that his heart problems make him unfit to run with Mr. Bush. The dismissed physician, Dr. Gary Malakoff, who four years ago declared that Mr. Cheney was "up to the task of the most sensitive public office" despite a history of heart disease, was dropped from Mr. Cheney's medical team because of an addiction to prescription drugs.

"I don't know where they get all these conspiracy theories," said Matthew Dowd, the Bush campaign's chief strategist, who has heard them all. "It's inside-the-Beltway coffee talk, is all it is."

Somehow they managed to avoid an Abu Ghraib reference - the editors must be on vacation.

You could read the rest, but you're not going to find any new information...


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Comments (5)

Kristoff wrote an OP-ed tel... (Below threshold)
Nick:

Kristoff wrote an OP-ed telling Bush to drop cheney that way about 2 weeks ago. This is probably some bizarre strategy of "we pointed it out first". Bush has such a delicate image, and there is already such wild speculation that he'd be a fool to drop him.

This is why I generally won... (Below threshold)

This is why I generally won't read or link to rumor pieces. Speculation is one thing, but rumors that so and so said such and such isn't news, it's just blathering, whether it's in the New York Times or Drudge.

This isn't a criticism of you by the way Kevin, just a statement of personal philosophy. Rumors seem fun but in the end they're just a distraction and a nuisance, because the vast majority of them turn out to be false.

I'm rumored to have slept w... (Below threshold)

I'm rumored to have slept with Kirstin Dunst. Mind you, it's only a rumor...

My blog is rumored to be re... (Below threshold)

My blog is rumored to be read by Al Gore, and to be the inspiration for his "digital brownshirts" comment.

Rumored by whom? Er, well...

How 'bout them Braves?

I have it on good authority... (Below threshold)

I have it on good authority, although I can't say how or from whom, that Josh Marshall is going to replace Cheney on the GOP ticket. I'll get to it in a later post very soon now. And then later I'll explain why I can't give you more details now.




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