I will post a link to the excellent expose done on Dick Cheney. The articles are long but need to be read all the way through to really understand exactly who is occupying the office of Vice President.
This is as close as we have come to a shadow government. The Vice President is a dangerous man exerting entirely too much influence on the President who is "intellectually challenged". This is what happens when you elect "the man you want to have a beer with" instead of the most intelligent and qualified person for the job. Lets not make the same mistake in 2008.