So argues a fascinating letter to Dan Froomkin’s hard-hitting White House Watch internet column. Noting that a group of eleven moderate Republicans went to tell Prez Bush that, gee, guess what, it’s not working in Iraq, and Republican voters have noticed, Mark Fox argues that it’s no coincidence the Congressmen went to see the Prez when the V-P Dick Cheney just happened to be out of town:
"My feeling is the ‘Tuesday Group’ choose a day when the VP was unavailable so that they could get their unvarnished message into and thru the ‘Bush Bubble.’ With Cheney gone, they wouldn’t be bullied, and they could speak their mind. Maybe the GOP isn’t afraid of President Bush; it could be they are only afraid of crossing the VP."
Sounds right to me. Check out the bumper sticker I saw just today: