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Cheney, House Republicans on Different Money Paths

Once popular enough to charge donors $4,200 for a handshake and a photo, Vice President Dick Cheney has become a much less sought-after fundraiser among House Republicans.

Almost 10 months into the year, Cheney has headlined one fundraiser for an incumbent House Republican, Rep. Sam Graves (Mo.), who is facing a tough race next year against former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes (D). And no GOP challengers to House Democrats have ushered the vice president into their districts to help raise money.

It's a stark contrast to 2005. Fresh off a big Bush-Cheney re-election that also brought GOP gains to their House majority, Cheney headlined fundraisers for 10 GOP incumbents and three Republican challengers that year, according to Democratic estimates. Those lawmakers ranged from conservative firebrands such as then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) to moderates such as Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nevada).

According to media reports at the time, DeLay's donors in Houston could get a picture with Cheney if they contributed $4,200 to the former majority leader's campaign. Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) brought in a reported $250,000 from a July 2005 Staten Island event with the vice president.

Several incumbents who were on the verge of tight re-elections brought Cheney into their districts, including Reps. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) and Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.). Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), whose Garden State district went for Al Gore in 2000 and narrowly for President Bush in 2004, felt secure enough with Cheney that he brought the vice president to Burlington County College in April 2005 for an event designed to rally support for Bush's effort to revamp Social Security.

Democrats say the unpopular war he helped orchestrate has left Cheney an unwanted man on the campaign trail with House Republicans -- a group that elected him to its No. 2 leadership post in the 1980s.

"Dick Cheney's disappearance from the political stage reflects just how toxic he is to his party," said Doug Thornell, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

But Lea Anne McBride, Cheney's spokeswoman, pointed to a western swing the vice president did last month that included events in California for the Republican National Committee, two in Nevada and Colorado to benefit their state Republican parties and one in his home state of Wyoming to support new Sen. John Barrasso(R). This trip came on top of events he did earlier in the year for the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

"In every election cycle he has done whatever it takes to help Republicans," McBride said. "This is someone who knows the value of campaigning and fundraising. You're going to see that from him this cycle."

What's unclear is how many House Republicans will be inviting him into their districts. Porter, for instance, collected cash with Cheney at an October 2005 event in Las Vegas, then barely survived his 2006 challenge from first-time candidate Tessa Hafen (D).

Last month, when Cheney was back in Las Vegas raising money for the Nevada Republican Party at the home of the state's largest GOP donor, Porter took a pass and stayed in Washington to vote on flood insurance legislation.

By Paul Kane  |  October 11, 2007; 7:00 AM ET
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I hear Cheney almost never makes public appearances anymore... guess it just frightens too many children.

Posted by: Sam | October 11, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Don't know 'bout the kiddies, but he frightens me.

He's creepy.

Posted by: Patrick Huss | October 11, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

PLLLLLLLLBBBBHHHHHTTTT on Dickless Cheny. Just go away. Die. Have a heart attack. End it yourself with a shotgun blast to the face. Just die.

Posted by: spook | October 11, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Save your breath, folks. Cheney cannot die...heartless vampires must be killed by a wooden stake through the chest or exposed to direct sunlight. He's not been seen in direct sunlight that I know of.

Posted by: R U Dreaming | October 11, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Carter is right: Cheney has been the biggest part of the worst presidency this country has ever seen. We have lost our standing in the world. It's so sad how he has dragged this great country down.

Posted by: RLewis | October 11, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Cheney, House Republicans on Different Money Paths, Dickless wants all the American tax money in his pockets and the all other rethuglicans want to fill their

P.S. Saw Mrs. Dickless on the Jon Stewart show what a GREEDY bi^ch.

Posted by: Mrs. DL Cheney | October 11, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The bunker pallor and mentality, as well as the venom, the crooked half-smile/sneer and inability to tell the truth all are pretty off-putting to all but the most rabid Kool-aid Kommandos...I'm sure after retirement, besides a healthy slush fund, there'll be a captive audience in Dubai...

Posted by: braultrl | October 11, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Carter is right: Cheney has been the biggest part of the worst presidency this country has ever seen. We have lost our standing in the world. It's so sad how he has dragged this great country down.

Posted by: RLewis | October 11, 2007 10:51 AM

I'll second that RLewis, AMEN.

Cheney has now become a worthless POS!!

Posted by: smtpgirl | October 11, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Millions of children in this country go to sleep hungry, lack access to health care, and are forced to attend underfunded, poorly maintained schools.

We, the taxpayers, have to continue to pay, provide shelter, health care, security this dead-man-walking.

Shameful. Absolutely shameful.

Posted by: simonandsimon | October 11, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

We know "the man behind the curtain" of the Bush administration's "Alice in Wonderland."

He and his minions have created a fantasyland that only they continue to believe.

Cheney in Dubai is an intriguing thought, but I'm not sure it's far enough away from the U.S. Outerspace might be better, but it would probably be judged as our polluting the stratosphere. And without him, Howdy Doody would be lost. If Karl was the "architect", Dick was the so-called "brain." What a repellent bunch!

Posted by: orloski | October 11, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, even the neo-cons know he's lying scum, and a war profiteer. Who wants a politician who sends America's finest men and women to their deaths on a pack o' lies in their neighborhood?

America is waking up and beginning to think! Oh- no probably not he's just evil scum.

Posted by: JBE | October 11, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to post something, but I can't do better than 'spook' already has. Amen, spook.

Posted by: r m kraus | October 11, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney may end up being one of the most studied
and "interesting" Vice Presidents ever. He seems to be
an entirely different creature from all other Vice Presidents.
His influence over the President, how he did it, how he
continued doing it, and how much difference it made to
the world is, really, quite fascinating.
First, he got Bush to name him the Vice President in the
first place. In other words, he named himself.
Second, he is able to get Bush to do everything that he,
himself, believes in. Which, of course, only really means
that Bush is exactly on the same page to begin with.
They will, both of them, go down in history as the worst
of the worst that this wonderful country has ever had leading
But, they don't care. Only the rest of us care. They are rich, will always be rich, they are beyond the reach of law, and will
always be beyond the reach of law.
So, the both of them will enjoy a rich, secure retirement
immunized from any law wordwide.

Posted by: cms1 | October 11, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

It seems likely that one day Iranian commandos will snatch him off the streets of Podunk Wyoming and spirit him away for a little water board assisted "agressive interrogation" just before he gets stuffed into a secret prison and left to rot. He is, after all, a threat to their people and sovereignty.
Before anyone objects, I must remind, we made the rules when it comes to kidnapping and mean rendition and aggressive interrogation and according to those rules, Cheny is a high value target.
So if anybody knows where his "undisclosed location" is (my money is on the stall next to Larry Craig) just send that along to the Iranian embassy. We can't allow these terrorists to run loose, after all.

Posted by: Dijetlo | October 12, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The only way we are ever going to get even with G. W. and Dick is if the media hound them for the rest of their lives and we follow them and annoy them at their homes. They damned well deserve it!

Uncle "Deficits don't matter" Dick and
George W."e are not nation-builders" Bu$h
will live in infamy as the absolute worst in my lifetime. Unless, of course, if Diebold can convince us to accept that we've elected a 'Stalin'.

Posted by: Vengeful | October 12, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it not telling that there is not one post in support of Cheney?

Where have all the Imperialist, Neo-Cons gone?

Posted by: Stanford | October 12, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

From another era regarding another Republican politician named Richard: Lick Dick Before Dick Licks You!

Posted by: smokinmike | October 12, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs:

I will refrain from obscenity in commenting. Blogs are too full of it these days for it to be effective as shock value.

Let us go back to the first Republican president, a great one named Abe Lincoln.
He or Phineas T. Barnum is supposed to have said: "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time."

Neo-Cons like Cheney are getting a lot of headaches from beating their heads against a wall of illusion. I am in favour of impeachment for a number of serious reasons.

The neo-Con right will get more hysterical in its attacks on people who disagree with them. However, there is a shift in majority perception which will reflect in the 08 elections. We shall see how big a lead the Democrats shall have in both houses of Congress and in the Executive Branch. The collective Republican Party will pay for the Cheney Bush blunders in Iraq and elsewhere. Let them retire to Dubai, but I doubt Sheik al Makhtoum will treat them any differently than his other
wealthy V.I.P. quests. They will be tolerated but told to keep a low profile.
How wonderful for the people of the United States.

Let us do a countdown. Only 16 months of enduring these clowns and then getting down to the hard work of cleaning up the mess they made of everything.

Kent Doering

Posted by: Kent Otho Doering | October 13, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Lois | October 13, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Rudy bought the faulty radios in a sweetheart deal with Motorola -- and it was known for 6 months before 9/11 that they didn't work. The man is guilty of negiligent homicide in the deaths of fireghters:

Fire Union Demands Inquiry Into Contract for New Radios
New York Times - March 25, 2001

"The president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Kevin Gallagher, held a news conference to urge Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and the City Council to conduct the investigation, saying he was deeply concerned for firefighters' safety."

"On Wednesday, the department's 2,700 new radios were taken out of service. Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen had said that he was taking the action because a distress call from a firefighter trapped in a burning house in Queens on Monday went unheard by some of his colleagues."

"We should not have New York City firefighters out in dangerous life-threatening situations with faulty or untested equipment," said Mr. Gallagher, whose union represents the city's 8,000 firefighters."

Posted by: drindl | October 15, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Did anybody see Cheney's wife on The Daily Show? Awkward, to say the least. Speaks to the simple truth that the Cheneys are toxic people.

Posted by: SoonerThought | October 15, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is awesome. End of story.

Posted by: A Good Man | October 15, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

It is really surprising how desperate people can be to make money (Selling photos and a handshake????). But then again I suppose money plays a very large role in winning an election and people like Cheney will do very strange things to get a step ahead the rest. But now... I am not surprised he doesn't show up anymore.

Posted by: shakensparco | October 15, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: POPOFF | October 16, 2007 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Washington for centuries has attracted these pathological, paranoid vindictive figures and there are plenty of places in Federal government for them to work. Every once in a while this type seeps into the highest levels of government - it happened with McCarthy in the 50's and Cheney now - where they can wreak havoc on our institutions and our goodwill. There power and destructive abilities are enhanced because they are supported by a small army of minions throughout government who are willing to do their dirty work..

Posted by: tom1 | October 16, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Sir: "We hang the petty thieves, and elect the great ones to high office."

Posted by: | October 17, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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