A couple months ago, when Veepstakes speculation was at its inane/pointless/baffling height, Campaign Desk asked a favor of the press: that, in the flurry of Veep speculation, they’d take a moment to step back and contemplate, in light of The Cheney Years, what the role of the vice president should be in the next administration.

I bring that up because, yesterday, The New York Times—a couple months after the fact, but we’re too grateful to quibble—answered our prayers. Thanks, guys.

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.