"You know there are all these conspiracy theories that Dick runs the country . . . or Karl [Rove] runs the country. Why aren't there any conspiracy theories that I run the country? Really ticks me off. The truth is that I do run the country . . . but Dick runs me and Lynne runs Dick. So actually Lynne runs the country. And Lynne, I think you're doin' a heckuva job. Although I have to say you dropped the ball big time on that Dubai deal."
I have said that for years (except for the bits about the Dubai deal and, certainly, "a heck of a job"). From April 20 2004.
As in Richard Clarke's report on the PEOC on September 11th we see that the person who is really in charge is not Richard Cheney or even Rove but Lynn Cheney
""I want you three guys to shut up," Lynne Cheney said, pointing at Cheney, Wolfowitz and Adelman."
I have searched the US constitution and find no reference to the absolute authority of the spouse of the Vice President.