I largely agree with Kevin as to both issues:
Cheney is very popular with Bush’s conservative base, his “bad” image is only bad among liberals like me, and it’s awfully hard to get much traction in a campaign by attacking the vice president. . . .
The “it’s all about the oil” and anti-Halliburton crowd is already going to vote for Kerry (or Nader). Bush could put Hillary Clinton on the ticket as veep and not get their votes. Despite all the attention the issue gets, the vice presidency is seldom decisive in an election contest. I suppose, in a tight election, the possibility of a very popular native son helping carry a swing state is possible. But would adding Rudy Giuliani to the ticket really help Bush carry New York? Certainly, Condi Rice isn’t going to put him over the top in California.