Sitting on the table next to me is a copy of the imminently forthcoming masterwork, Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President by . . . Steven Hayes (yes, that Steven Hayes).

The jacket copy is priceless: "With exhaustive reporting, Hayes shines a light into the shadows of the Bush administration and finds a very different Dick Cheney from the one America thinks it knows." In short, Hayes was able to penetrate the legendary veil of secrecy surrounding the Vice President and uncover the shocking truth that -- Dick Cheney is awesome! Why, one wonders, has the administration been covering this up?

But then again, one also wonders why the administration was covering up this convincing evidence of an al-Qaeda/Iraq connection that Hayes claims to have discovered. For example, it turns out that Joe Wilson sucks! Also -- Cheney's wartime leadership is vital!