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Parsing the Polls: Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and America's Safety



Former vice president Dick Cheney's comments on the Obama administration's policies and the safety of America have stoked huge controversy. (AP Photo by Kevon Wolf)

Expect new poll numbers out of CNN this afternoon to draw a huge amount of attention.

Why?

Because they provide strong empirical evidence that suggests most Americans do not agree with former vice president Dick Cheney's contention that the policies pursued by the Obama administration in its first 100 days "raise the risk to the American people of another attack."

Asked whether Obama's policies had increased the chances of a terrorist attack or not, 26 percent said they had while 72 percent said they had not. Of that 26 percent who believe that the chances of a terrorist attack had increased under President Obama, 16 percent said it had increased "a lot" while ten percent said the chances had increased "a little."

Democrats are certain to pounce on these numbers as evidence that the Republican party is badly out of touch with average Americans -- particularly on a touchstone issue like domestic terrorism.

Remember though that Cheney -- more so than almost any other modern politician -- seems to care nothing for what people think of him. In a January Washington Post/ABC News survey, just 30 percent approved of the job Cheney had done as vice president while a whopping 60 percent disapproved.

As we have written before, the current leadership vacuum atop the Republican party allows for figures like Cheney and conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh to -- at times -- speak for the GOP, a detrimental development for a party searching for a way forward rather than a look back.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 13, 2009; 4:26 PM ET
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Fixx wrote, "The current leadership vacuum atop the Republican party allows for figures like Cheney and conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh to...speak for the GOP, a detrimental development for a party searching for a way forward rather than a look back."

Contrary to the muddle-headed opinions expressed here that Cheney continues to possess 'secret' information, that is NOT true. Cheney was on the airwaves making these claims about less security because he is trying to re-write history and defend highly controversial moves on his part to curtail privacy. Cheney does nothing that isn't deliberate, and that includes lying.

Posted by: bweyand1 | April 14, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

mac7: i very rarely find a poster to agree with 100%, anywho, in your post the most un-american scum were mentioned and i thank you, could not agree more. this is the most wonderful place on the planet to live in and they should be grateful. i would like to see the "scum" go anyplace else and find out what the "bets" "rewards" on their butts. wonderful place inspite of the anti-everything so called americans you named.

Posted by: lookitkup | April 14, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I want to agree that the Vice President had special knowledge due to his position but I also want to point that access to special knowledge does not give someone the ability to understand, prioritize, and act with prudence and due diligence.

Former VP Cheney had the access but consistently made the wrong decision over and over again and the American people know it!

Posted by: agapn9 | April 14, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Unlike average Americans, Dick Cheney still has access to classified security documents, so the poll is useless because we don't know what he knows. He must have spoken out because he read something that the Obama Administration has done nothing about. I'm a Democrat trying to be fair.

This is why newspapers died--because journalism lacks integrity.

Posted by: ms1130 | April 14, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

When do the war crimes trials for Cheney begin? I think they should keep Guantanamo open, just so he can spend the rest of his life there.

Posted by: drindl | April 14, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"You folks continue to point out how ignorant the American people are. "

Because American people like you keep posting your ignorant rightwing screeds and proving how right we are.

Posted by: drindl | April 14, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You folks continue to point out how ignorant the American people are. Find a case where appeasement policies worked and I'll change my mind about who's right. Right now I'll stick with the concept that listening to a fool and congenital liar like VP Biden is a path to our demise.

Posted by: vitaglubet | April 14, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Chirs always produces a simplistic view of his world and for that I am grateful. No one wants to spend a lot of time reading long,empty columns.
I was pretty neutral about Cheney when he was Vice President but his stock has risen by leaps and bounds.
He distracted the bama and his posse for a few seconds and got them away from tax and spending and trying to "George Soros America." Of course "George Soros America" means to try to bankrupt it for personal greed and vampire-like power.

Posted by: pastelsbywelz1 | April 14, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse


Send this man on a plane trip out of the country so he can be arrested and tried and convicted. I never thought I would live to see this country produce the most despicable human beings destroy a country that has been so good to them. Bush,Cheney,Rove, Rush, Hannity,O'Reily, Coulter and Beck can all go to another country. In my opinion they don't deserver the freedom this country offers.

Posted by: mac7 | April 14, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

"And where is Obama's Birth Cert."

Holy cow, really? I thought you loonies had moved past this one.

Enjoy your teabagging tomorrow, I hope that works out really well for you.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 14, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I think the opposing mouthpieces (such as Cheney) are just echoing what Hillary tried to bring up in the primary.. 3am Hillary.. she was the last person to give Obama the willies.

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 14, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Our Gov't doesn't work anymore. Incompetants,Tax cheats appointed and approved by Corrupt Politicians. Frank and Dodd going to fix the financial mess they caused.These people need to be forced out of office for high treason.And where is Obama's Birth Cert. It should be published on the front page of every Newspaper in America? Why not. Can he or can't he prove he was native Born???

I hope and pray every Legal American goes to a Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th and we stop being sheep led by corrupt politicians. Lets take our Gov't back. POWER TO THE PEOPLE. See you at Lafayette Park across from the White House on Wed. April 15th. for the beginning of the next American Revolution.

Posted by: duckyjimpond | April 14, 2009 1:59 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: scrivener50 | April 13, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

so Biden says something about there being an event that will challenge Obama and the Republicans jump on it and blow it out of proportion but their former VP can sling fear out like this and its okay?

i gotta say, Biden made the right call to be VP because nothing is easier than following a guy with a 30% approval rating. nowhere to go but up

Posted by: jimwood27 | April 13, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Norm8 wrote, "Biden is no DICK CHENEY"

Thank goodness that Biden is no Dick Cheney. It will take us decades before we can dig out from underneath Cheney's policies. Judging from the last eight years, our country would be wise to do the exact opposite of anything Cheney says.

Posted by: JimZ1 | April 13, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

How sad and highly unfortunate 30% approved of Cheney as vice-president. Undoubtedly the vast majority of these are hard-line, right wingers, who dominate the grand OLD party, but are no longer in the mainstream of opinion in this country.

Cheney makes Andrew Johnson and Sprio Agnew, as vice-presidents seem almost stellar statesmen, compared to his performance.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | April 13, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I hope he keeps flapping his jaws with his nonsense and rushie to, they are doing more damage to the republican party than anybody could have dreamed possible.Its really funny because the majority of the people know they are both full of b/s.Let them roar untill the republican party is no more:)

Posted by: smorrow | April 13, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Former vice president Dick Cheney did not care what Americans think (ignores polls) while he was in office. Therefore, I don't give a hoot what Cheney thinks.

Cheney please go back to your cave and do whatever it is that makes you happy. If your lonely go out and make new friends. Please don't hold any more news conference. Washington post should just ignore Cheney. Many people already ignore him.

Posted by: ski2day9 | April 13, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to reading his book. When can we expect it?

Posted by: blakesouthwood | April 13, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

nobuddy wuvs Dick Chainy anymore

:(


arrest the phucer!

Posted by: lichtme | April 13, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The comments of Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh on TV and in the national press cannot be explained by characterizing them in the context of a fallen, lost and marginalized party in search of republican leaders or vice versa; instead, they can be explained only by characterizing them in the context of a fallen, lost and marginalized party whose would-be leaders are affected by elements such as booze, drugs and/or paranoia and hatred. Cheney was a disgrace in office, Limbaugh is a disgrace in media of any form, and they remain a disgrace and an embarassment to the United States, both at home and abroad.

Posted by: louisegertrude | April 13, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, for Pete's sake, will somebody PLEASE flush the toilet already?

That thing just won't shut-up.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | April 13, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Cheney (and many a Republican) thinks if you say something with authority, it must be true. However, if you speak nonsense, it eventually is shown for what it is. I feel such a relief that this creep and the Bush crowd are gone. Thank God for our country and elections every four years. Time to retire, Cheney, and go fishing. Enjoy it. The adults are in charge again.

Posted by: gtinla | April 13, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Are Mickey Mouse and the cast of charaters busing from poll to poll again?

I don't feel any safer with Obam's choice of Janet Napolitano as the border Zar.

She says no problem,and we hear about problems.
South Borders beg for fences and guards, and she puts plant poison out...wierd.

100 new border guards is ridiculous when each state on any border needs 1000 ne border guards.
Are we to believe that crossers observe the hours of the current over run guards?

The cast member on a Survivor series is doing a story called "Assault on the Border" about the Arizona porous borders.

Posted by: dottydo | April 13, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The problem, as I see it, is that obama comes across as Chamberlain. In his "don't worry, I've got it under control" speech, Chamberlain told the Brits:

"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour.
I believe it is peace for our time...
Go home and get a nice quiet sleep."

How'd that work out for the Brits???

So, when you tell me "don't worry, the Iranians aren't building any nukes" or "don't worry, obama is spreading peace and good will .... well, lets just say I'm not getting a warm fuzzy.

Personally, I sleep better with more talk like Cheney, and less of the Chamberlain rhetoric.


Posted by: playfair109 | April 13, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk - did you hear the gr8 news that GWB and Bobby Jindal have hired the same ghost writer to draft their upcoming autobios? Yippy, that's authenticity of message that we can believe in!

BHO is such as cheater. Why if GWB had used a teleprompter, well, you know, the world would have loved us under his administration rather than heckled us.

I'm gonna kick a disabled person, or, or a single wellfare mom on my way home to show my solidarity with Rethug traditional values.

Btw, why can't we say Piyush's (AKA "Bobby") name?!?

Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?
Why can't we say his name?!?

Posted by: htruman | April 13, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I really have no interest in what any Republican has said or thinks, especially Cheney. He should just fade away like his party seems to be doing.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | April 13, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey DICK- Have your buddies at Halliburton made enough money off of the Iraq war yet? You might want to give them a heads up that it will be ending soon so they can speed up the fleecing. You have been the worst thing that has happened to this country in the last 50 years. You are no leader, no patriot. You sir, are a criminal.

Posted by: bretb | April 13, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Biden is a heart beat away from being president !!! Heaven help us. But would be more qualified than Obama !!! Least qualified than Carter !!! Biden is no "DICK CHENEY" HE COULDN'T CARRY CHENEY BRIEF CASE.
You Kool Aid drinker get a life !!!

Posted by: NORM8 | April 13, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Barry ("Nuke the World to Hell") Goldwater would know what to do with them pirate states!

Why do you neocons hate Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt so much?

Posted by: htruman | April 13, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama without his TelePrompTer:

Privacy must be stomped out!

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 13, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

cnn polls: 202, 212, and 415 area codes only.

If the phone is not anwered, 'Wazzup!!!,' the pollster disconnects.

Posted by: 2xy4k9 | April 13, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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Unfortunately for you that list is a little longer (for example 503, 206, 215, 267, 312 -- only a lobomite rethug would have omitted the last one). The area codes in your miserable little regional party however would likely all fit into one concise line.

Have fun becoming more and more obsolete. Just imagine, to be a hardliner Rethug, steadfastly clinging to the belief that everything was better in the dark ages.

Posted by: htruman | April 13, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

KEYWORD:::: "CNN" Poll.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 13, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

FraudObama - you're not fooling any of us with the fake progressive stuff any more than you fool your Lincoln Log buddies when you dress up in drag.

Posted by: htruman | April 13, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

WilliPete,
Nobody threatened you. You are unable to acknowledge when you're being made fun of. You either think too much of yourself, or you're being willfully misleading.

But that's OK, You're just one only about 25% of the population.

Posted by: osmor | April 13, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Wild guess - the tiny percent who agree with cheney are the same morons who stil approved of the bush presidency... just a guess...

same crowd planning to tea bag sean hannity this week./

Posted by: John1263 | April 13, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

But it looks like Obama will have his hands full with pirates.

Posted by: hangkok_2000 | April 13, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

It is a dangerous, unpleasant world out there. Some of that is due to the swaggering cowboy American business types who don't play nice. That does NOT mean that Cheney's pronouncements are true that Americans are unsafe at home in their beds because, in his view, Obama wants to offer a hot beverage and comfort to those who would attack us. Cheney's world view is the pessimistic world view of the wealthy, formerly powerful, possibly influential, right wing demigod/demagogue. Take the Wayback Machine to 9/11/2001. What happened? Cheney's government ignored intelligence reports warning that al Qaeda meant to attack us here in Das Homeland. Cheney's government thought it was a good idea to continue to play ball with airplane hijackers. Cheney's government saw nothing wrong with flimsy airliner cockpit doors. Cheney's government assumed the WTC, once attacked, would never be attacked again. Proven wrong, Cheney overcompensated by seeing threats everywhere, most especially in Middle American homes, which have been secretly wiretapped. Cheney is just plain nuts.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | April 13, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

You are mistaken about my posting too many comment's I've only tried one a few minutes ago before that it's been several days

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | April 13, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

You are mistaken about my posting too many comment's I've only tried one a few minutes ago before that it's been several days

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | April 13, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney should be in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | April 13, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney should be in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | April 13, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

These things are more pleasant than Dick Cheney: vomit, feces, rotting corpses, gangrene.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | April 13, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney deserves our compassion as a tortured and misguided soul. His strong determination made the President of the United States his patsy. He exploited fear to betray the people he swore to serve. Our suffering was his delight. Surely such a person cannot have designed such misery. He had to be sick.

Posted by: afshome | April 13, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

georgereston

Williepete1...
Somebody in a brown shirt delivered a package to my door today. He drove a nondescript brown truck. Are these the brown shirts you were talkin' about? Remember this buddy: The Taliban is a right wing organization.

Posted by: georgereston | April 13, 2009 5:57 PM
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Wrong! Compared to the extremist left faction that has taken control of America, the Taliban will seem like a girlscout troop. This is a new paradigm, there has been a major role reversal in America and it is the left who have become a danger to our freedom and safety.

A few of you (very few) will accept Obama's "New World Order" but the rest of us won't. Your rights will be impinged upon more and more, what's your limit? Wait until the day comes, and it's coming to a neighborhood near you soon, you are afraid to speak ill of the Obama's policies. His little brown shirts will be moving into YOUR neighborhood. As for me, I'm doing what "willandjansdad1" threatened me with.

Posted by: williepete1 | April 13, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

This poll might be somewhat relevant if the pollsters had asked "name one policy related to homeland security that President Obama has changed" and asked those who could name one whether we are less safe. With all the other news (economy, First Lady fashion and the arrival of a First Dog), people aren't paying attention to this issue. They aren't paying attention to it because we have not been attacked in over seven years. The problem with this issue is that we won't know whether Cheney is right about this assessment until he is, and then all the name calling won't matter beacuse it will be too late to know he was right.

Posted by: buster2 | April 13, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The fact that so many republicans jumped to criticize this article actually strengthens the point about how out of touch they are with America. They are incapable of self criticism. So incapable that America will never trust them to lead until they recognize the policies they supported that trashed the economy and our foreign relations. As long as the GOP keeps defending Bush and pre-Obama policies the further they will be from ever making a come back.

Posted by: fishingriver | April 13, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

If you want to understand these 25 to 30% of people who listen to and believe the likes of Mr. Cheney just go to Foxnews.com and look at the comment forums following various stories. These people are frightening as well as disturbing. I encourage commenters in this forum to go to Foxnews.com and engage these people. You will not be disappointed.

Posted by: the1joncook | April 13, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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Cheney is nothing more than a criminal. He will be remembered as nothing more that an American mistake.
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Posted by: A-Voter | April 13, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Yes! I vividly recall Dick Cheney saying " I am speaking on behalf of the Republican party." And Michael Steele saying " Dick Cheney is speaking on behalf of the Republican Party." Ditto (yes, ditto) for Rush Limbaugh.
You are too cute by one-eighth. Your advice to the Republican Party is really, really appreciated. "Don't listen to Rush Limbaugh or Dick Cheney". GEE! Where have we heard that before? Continue with "And it would be detrimental if you listened to that Sarah Palin, too!" "Why, Barry Goldwater would NEVER have approved!" The best thing for Republicans would be to nominate McCain again, right? Sometimes you people are so cute you ought to be adopted.

Posted by: chatard | April 13, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I think a nation which truly cares about freedom, liberty and justice, the rule of law and the rights guaranteed by our Constitution, not to mention reinstating our Constitutional rights, should have indicted Mr. Cheney by now.
I can see nothing Obama has done that would increase chances of a terrorist attack on the US. Quite the opposite; he has indicated a willingness to talk with some of those who hate us so much. Still, terrorists will attack if they wish when they wish unless prevented, and the GW Bush years saw the rights of law-abiding Americans trampled while our borders and ports remained wide open to anyone and anything they wanted to bring into the US. The miracle is that we did not suffer another major attack after 9/11 considering the pitiful methods employed to prevent one.
Many in our federal government fear we the people more than any outside enemy, and we are well on the way to a totalitarian government thanks largely to the efforts of people like Cheney. Let's hope Obama meant it when he stated his intent to restore our Constitution.

Posted by: meand2 | April 13, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Williepete...
The brown-shirts are at Wal-Mart. I got mine Easter Sunday for $9.95. As soon as we are mass deputized by Jon Stewart, we're coming after you. We aren't using re-education camps. We're authorized to shoot on sight.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | April 13, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse
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I'll be looking forward to that encounter--believe it.

Posted by: williepete1 | April 13, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Gee, a CNN poll. That's almost as unbiased as a Washington Post poll. They probably called a bunch of Bostonians who were sitting in Starbucks wringing their miserable concerned liberal hands.

Posted by: birvin9999 | April 13, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Gee - CNN. That's almost as "unbiased" as a Washington Post poll. They probably called a bunch of Bostonians sitting in Starbucks wringing their concerned little miserable hands.

Posted by: birvin9999 | April 13, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

This guy is such a miserable human being why would anyone listen to him?

Posted by: crrobin
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He is simply evil and not pleasant to watch.

Posted by: truth1 | April 13, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Cheney's an amoral war pimp and a scum-bag!

Posted by: gce1356 | April 13, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"Former vice president Dick Cheney's comments on the Obama administration's policies and the safety of America have stoked huge controversy."
No they haven't. CNN is just ginning up viewers and the Post has fallen for it somewhat. That's why it's on a blog and not in the printed paper, so no one can say it's not worth the paper it's printed on.

Posted by: arty1 | April 13, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats are certain to pounce on these numbers as evidence that the Republican party is badly out of touch with average Americans..."


O-o-o-o-r... perhaps it is the Democrats who are out of touch with reality.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 13, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I swear Barry is seeming more and more like the Cheney. He is doing even more in regards to wire tapping, keeping troops in Iraq for God knows how long, increasing our troop presence in Afghanistan, killing young unarmed Pirates....My God this man is the second coming of Dick Cheney. What in the world have we done. I fell faint.

Posted by: FraudObama | April 13, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Can we take a poll of the percentage of Americans who would like Dick Cheney to shut up and, more importantly, just go away?

Posted by: dgb123 | April 13, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that anyone watched CNN anymore........

In any case it doesn't matter if it's a CNN poll or a Washinton POST poll or a CBS/NYtimes poll.........ALL of these are KNOWN liberal news outlets that act as a proxy of the Democrat Party.

Just the facts folks...........

You can put this "generated" story in the olde propaganda trash can.....sad

Posted by: allenridge | April 13, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

In the words of "his" president... so what.

Posted by: whocares666 | April 13, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

A CNN POLL, SAY NO MORE.I AM SURE THAT WAS A FAIR SAMPLE OF PUBLIC OPINION.

Posted by: goodeedward | April 13, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

If the majority disagrees, then it is only prudent to ignore any dissenting opinions.

"Resistance is futile - you will be assimilated."

Posted by: pkhenry | April 13, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong." "You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." America is a "nation of whiners." It's a "mental recession." "I want him to fail [America]."

Folks these are all direct quotes from Rethugs. Cheney is just the tip of the iceberg. The GOP has been out of touch for the last 8 years. It's filled with dead-enders and America haters.

Posted by: jabreal00 | April 13, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Psst, Chris, you can stop attacking conservatives now.

Liberals are in charge.

I am almost embarrassed for you for your blatant shilling.

Are you shooting for Robert Gibbs' job?

Posted by: spamsux1 | April 13, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

So if we have a terrorist attack will that prove Obama is a fool, the polls were taken by inexacting methods, and the reporter should be fired for being an idiot?

Posted by: nuzreporter | April 13, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

loose lips
sink ships

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 13, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe it, I am outraged, I demand my Barry Soetoro campaign donation be refunded. He is a FRAUD. He promised, he criticized it, he called it illegal, he..he campaigned against it, good lord! He lied! He is doing the exact same thing that EVIL President Bush did. He is tapping my phone, my emails, he is violating my Constitutional rights. I am very, very upset by this. I demand he be impeached for these highly criminal actions. Everybody, together in the spirit of Code Pink that us Libs so admire...chant with me. IMPEACH BARRY, IMPEACH BARRY!...Come on Everybody...IMPEACH BARRY......hey were did all my "progressive" comrades go?

Posted by: FraudObama | April 13, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Twenty five percent think Obama has made America less safe. Almost like clockwork it's always 25%. This is in fact the Limbaugh, fox news, Hannity crowd. This is most definitely the crowd that is so out of touch with reality and the American people.

Posted by: kubrickstan | April 13, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

onestring's got it. The issue will fester if left
alone for many people who were and are still shocked
that Scooter could be guilty and cheney be innocent...
Where's the disconnect?

Posted by: destonecipher | April 13, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Water runs down hill.

Every thinks Cheney is a Dick.

Why are these things news?

Posted by: walker1 | April 13, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

it's too soon for there to be a poll...
wapo who didn't vett obama has a stake in obama succeding...
give it time, terrorists and pirates who don't get it, will try giving us death and destruction...

Posted by: DwightCollins | April 13, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Nobody believed the guys that said the country was headed for an economic disaster either. As I recall, they were viciously attacked in the media ... what do ya know ... same as Cheney.

Posted by: playfair109 | April 13, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to "when you criticize the president, you're helping the terrorists"?
If Cheney's aide to the terrorists through his criticism of the president isn't enough proof that Cheney hates America, just look back at everything he did in his eight years in office, and the results.

Posted by: skeetchamp | April 13, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

And these are the same respondents who believe that Elvis is in disguise and living in Biloxi.

Posted by: segeny | April 13, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Cheney gives satan a bad name.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 13, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Instead of commenting about Obama's policies, he should be commenting about his jail cell, because that's where this guy belongs.

Posted by: karlbelgium | April 13, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we spend the last eight years disagreeing with this guy? Why is this some sort of watershed moment?

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, what do you expect from us dumb Americans look at teh last 2 presidents we elected. We can agree on what day of the week it is let alone war. Just leave that BS to teh government we don't want to be bothered. We have our 401k to worry about for god sake.

Posted by: robinhood2 | April 13, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

hard for me to picture Biden in the undisclosed location... wonder if he will opt for the baboon heart like Cheney.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | April 13, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Williepete1...
Somebody in a brown shirt delivered a package to my door today. He drove a nondescript brown truck. Are these the brown shirts you were talkin' about? Remember this buddy: The Taliban is a right wing organization.

Posted by: georgereston | April 13, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Cheney is crazy...LIKE A FOX!. After all, Obama should have the DOJ investigate Cheney for war crimes but Cheney's much more useful to Obama as a constant reminder to Americans why the GOP and the Bush admin were so awful.
Cheney is, in essence, buying himself an ersatz pardon! Brilliant!

I think Cheney will get a Xmas card from Obama.

Posted by: whatever4 | April 13, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

mbfdl

I don't think you're wrong, just that you're looking at the wrong people - Roughly 45 - 50 million folks voted republican despite that a great number of folks were puked off the gut wagon at them.

There are some 40 plus republicans in the Senate, and 130 republicans left in the House.

They are busy being the Party of No, letting Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, both of whom are more interested in publicity than statesmanship, tell them what to do.

They have been part and parcel to the tax cuts for the wealthy that have proved to be pure snake oil. They have beggered our Nation, and the debt to China is so great, China says we don't see Korea doing a missle, so we don't see Korea doing a missle.

I don't think there will be another republican elected anywhere until they man up and admit its not patriotic to be a deadbeat.

They need to admit to their constituency that having to borrow money to defend our own border is a critical breech of National Security. And they need to decide if the republican party stands by our constitution, and will prosecute those that violate it.

If they won't there's no way back for them.

Posted by: dutchess2 | April 13, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I hope this clown lives to 100, as a reminder never to allow Republicans to have any power.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 13, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

When Cheney loses, America wins.

Posted by: bc54321 | April 13, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Cheney is good for is tabloid news. That very few people actually listen to him is beside the point.

Posted by: muslit | April 13, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Who bloody care what Dick thinks?

Posted by: djmolter | April 13, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Cheney's cried wolf too many times for another attempt to move the dial has much impact.

Posted by: bpai_99 | April 13, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Williepete...
The brown-shirts are at Wal-Mart. I got mine Easter Sunday for $9.95. As soon as we are mass deputized by Jon Stewart, we're coming after you. We aren't using re-education camps. We're authorized to shoot on sight.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | April 13, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The Guantanamo Holiday Inn is far too good for cheney, bush, and the rest of the traitors that ran our country so far into the dirt.

There's a swell place in Afghanistan though that has several rooms available.

Don't bring your hat because you won't have your head for very long.

Posted by: rcubedkc | April 13, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...26%. What's familiar about that number. Oh yeah, that's the Limbaugh Nation dead-enders. That's the same hard core "Bush is a great president" group.

Like flies in amber...

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | April 13, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I think that, sadly, Americans have no choice but to limit Muslim immigration and refugees, particularly from the Middle East and countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. In many countries in Europe, including the UK, and countries such as Canada and Australia, political parties that benefit from the Muslim vote have sacrificed the financial stability and security of their countries by letting in thousands of fake refugees and immigrants from Muslim nations. In a century or so, Muslims will begin to outnumber non-Muslims in these nations and then the situation for the latter will be very dire.

Posted by: davidmatthews | April 13, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Think this stuff is important right now? It really isn't... Cheney is history and it's time to concentrate on the more important future infringement of your rights as American citizens.

Obama said he would put together a "brown shirt" contingent of civilian security forces to monitor dissent against [him]--he meant it.

This document was prepared by the Obama Administration as a result of "the historical election of an African American president and the prospect of policy changes (that) are proving to be a driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization."

The document closes with a charge for Americans to spy on their fellow Americans: "DHS encourages recipients of this document to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to DHS and the FBI."


http://www.rogerhedgecock.com/resources/HSA%20-%20Rightwing%20Extremism%20-%20Climate%20Fueling%20Radicalization%20and%20Recruitment,dated%207%20April%202009.pdf

This man is dangerous not only to conservative Americans but to Democrats who dissent as well. This document is published by DHS. Right Wing Extremist is defined as anyone who disagrees with the Obama.

1937 Germany all over again--while some slept, and others were taken for a ride.

Posted by: williepete1 | April 13, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Why does the headline to the article by Chris mention VP Biden?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 13, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is maybe one of 3 or 4 people who I would spit in their face if I met them.

Posted by: Overdenkotten | April 13, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Cheney is a war criminal. But skip the courts. He should be kicked to the curb and pissed on. I know that his daughters are so vain, and so protective of his legacy, so maybe they are reading this now: How does it feel, Mary, to be the daughter of a man who is the moral equivalent of Hitler and Idi Amin? And Dick, oh Dick, if you are reading this hey, thanks for RUINING OUR COUNTRY, you right-wing flake!

Posted by: jdwagner | April 13, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Throw that mother effer Cheney in jail, along with Bush! NOW!

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | April 13, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about this? The Republican Party has been reduced to a

regional party of old white men. When the dust settles in 2010

there will be 66-Democratic Senators and 10-more Democratic

House Member.


Posted by: bobnsri | April 13, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I wonder what similar public opinion is of Karl Rove....(having a look)

Irrelevant apparently. They don't even poll on him anymore. At last count he was slightly worse than Cheney.

Posted by: gce1356 | April 13, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

It is a shame that this criminal is walking around free. He should get taste of his own medicine and be confined to his most favorite facility is Cuba.

Posted by: kevin1231 | April 13, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I detect a certain reticence to take on the big sticks of the Right: Cheney, Limbaugh, Rove, etc. Perhaps I am wrong...

No. You are not wrong. That 16% (let's call them "The Dregs" for lack of a better term.) can sure make a lot of ugly noise. Besides, they're down in that "Tim McVeigh/Turner Diaries domestic terrorist class.

Posted by: TOMHERE | April 13, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"So What?" Cheney is famous for saying it.

Posted by: Mickey2 | April 13, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Every time I see this criminal spouting off lies and distortions, spreading fear and hatred, I wonder he's not in prison yet?

Posted by: lip111 | April 13, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

This guy is such a miserable human being why would anyone listen to him?

Posted by: crrobin | April 13, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

uh, dick who?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 13, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

If we have to torture or take away individual rights to protect ourselves,then the whole premise of the founders of this nation was wrong. Either the system they set up works and should be followed because it is best ever conceived, or we should reduce ourselves to being like Russia and China, claiming to be humane when we are not. Have you seen the lists of killings and other human rights violations in those two countries lately?

Posted by: tinyjab40 | April 13, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

..."No/wonder/coming/from the WORST/VP/U.S.History, who's boss left office with the LOWEST/JOB/APPROVAL/RATING 20% ANY/SITTING/PRESIDENT/FAILED/ADMINISTRATION!/FACT.

..."Record/Republicans/Blew/IT/Bush/Administration/CRIMINAL/FACT/Dick/CHeney/CARES/LESS/HISTORY/HOWEVER/CARES/MORE...

Posted by: ztcb41 | April 13, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

cnn polls: 202, 212, and 415 area codes only.

If the phone is not anwered, 'Wazzup!!!,' the pollster disconnects.

Posted by: 2xy4k9 | April 13, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is an unendicted conspirator, originator, and the director of the trasonous plan to out covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, who's secret portfolio was counter proliferation of Iranian WMDs.

The treason was undertaken in an effort to discredit her husband, US Ambassador Joe Wilson who's NY Times article blasted President Bush's pre-war Iraq sales lie in the State of the Union Address that Saddam was trying to buy uranium to use agianst the United States.

Dick Cheney clipped the article from the times, made notes on it, and handed it to Scooter Libby - who was later convicted of perjury and obstruction of Justice - as the government tried to discover who outed the CIA agent.

Investigate and convict Dick Cheney for TREASON.

Posted by: onestring | April 13, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't the poll taken on November 4, 2008 an even better barometer?

Posted by: VeloStrummer | April 13, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Because they provide strong empirical evidence that suggests most Americans do not agree with former vice president Dick Cheney's contention that the policies pursued by the Obama administration in its first 100 days "raise the risk to the American people of another attack."

YAWN. Cheney's ratings are among the lowest of any public official since polls were invented. So why is it surprising that no one [except the quarter of the population who apparently are on crystal meth] takes him seriously?

"Remember though that Cheney -- more so than almost any other modern politician -- seems to care nothing for what people think of him. "

Yeah, that's great in public office, CC. He doesn't give a damn what the little people think of him... just another Leona Helmsley.

Posted by: drindl | April 13, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I am struck by the mildness of your usually ironic (at least) or snide (at worst) analysis. While Democrats will pounce on this, what will you say? It appears that you will give Cheney the CW accolade that he cares not a fig for public opinion. In my reading of your column, I detect a certain reticence to take on the big sticks of the Right: Cheney, Limbaugh, Rove, etc. Perhaps I am wrong...

Posted by: mbfdl | April 13, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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