Here's an excerpt from a comment by Josh Marshall, at Talking Points Memo:
"During the younger Bush's first term especially, Cheney operated in ways that suggested he really didn't think his nominal boss was really up to the job. He treated associates not directly useful to him with contempt and disregard for their roles in the government -- something Ford would have discouraged and the elder Bush would have as well. George W. Bush barely noticed it, though he may understand it now."
Josh, though I agree 100% with the argument you are making, I want to mention my firm conviction that, by this point, George W. Bush barely understands how to twist the cap off his latest bottle of Four Roses.