We don't care for conspiracy theories, but it strikes us that the timing on Cheney's trip is, well, a tad too convenient. Most vice presidents, after all, would love to be basking in convention glory, wouldn't they?
Then again, Cheney is not most vice presidents. He's one of the nation's least popular politicians, a man whose every instinct runs toward secrecy and deception. In Cheney's world view, pesky notions like accountability, transparency, and the public's right to know hinder the proper functioning of (secret) government.
Last time we checked, however, the people were still sovereign and Cheney remained a public servant, not a king.