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The Cheney Reaction

Who does former vice president Dick Cheney think he's helping, exactly?

Molly K. Hooper writes for the Hill: "Congressional Republicans are telling Dick Cheney to go back to his undisclosed location and leave them alone to rebuild the Republican Party without his input.

"Displeased with the former vice-president's recent media appearances, Republican lawmakers say he's hurting GOP efforts to reinvent itself after back-to-back electoral drubbings."

Writing about President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday, Los Angeles Times blogger (and former press secretary to Laura Bush) Andrew Malcolm assails Obama for -- among many other things -- responding to Cheney's assertion that he had made the nation less safe.

"Yes, he was asked about them. And Obama's certainly entitled to defend himself. But in that much detail? Let's be brutally honest here: Except for Sunday TV shows' desperate search for Sabbath conflict and the ex-VP's own family, who cares what Dick Cheney has to say now? He's history.

"The reason Obama went on about Cheney, of course, is that as long as Obama can keep the public and especially his own Democratic supporters on the left focused on the aging, albeit unifying, sins of the devil Bush years, the less anyone thinks to start comparing Obama promises to Obama actions in the present day."

Malcolm continues: "[W]hat happens if, heaven forbid, there is another successful terrorist attack on the homeland? Who'd look more politically prescient then -- the departed vice president or the rookie incumbent who defensively and unnecessarily called so much attention to those dire predictions way back now?"

Harper's blogger Scott Horton has video of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow talking to Jonathan Turley. Horton writes: "As Professor Jonathan Turley notes, the curious thing about Obama's response is that it is so mild. Cheney's statements are tantamount to an admission of his involvement in a serious criminal conspiracy. Moreover, Cheney actually brags about his criminality—he insists that he's doing it because it's good for us. When prosecutors decide which cases to charge, one concern is whether the crime has been committed in an open and notorious way. Cheney's conduct on this score is off the charts. As Turley says, 'This is the best defined and most public crime I've seen in my lifetime.' Cheney is effectively building the case for his own criminal prosecution."

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 24, 2009; 11:56 AM ET
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Keep giving Cheney enough rope to thoroughly entangle himself. Wait until all the initial legislative steps necessary to get economic bailout; and budget under control.

By then maybe a certain US attorney will have finished with a certain former Illinois governor. Wouldn't that be a good next job as special prosecutor?

Posted by: JohnnyCanuck1 | March 24, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. You bet. If you think Rush is giving the right wing a black eye, just watch what Dick does.

I remember when the right wing stood for something.

Trash talk from war criminals stands for nothing. Nothing. And comes off as worse than nothing. It can only hurt the GOP.

If Dick wants Obama's approval ratings to go up another point or two, all he (Dick) has to do is open his mouth again.

Posted by: jpk1 | March 24, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is a Republicon artist whose party will someday rival the Dixiecrats for power and prestige.

Posted by: motorfriend | March 24, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

And another thing: Quit calling it "the homeland." That's either a Nazi term or it means the land we left behind to become Americans. God, spare us the Orwellian lexicon of the Cheney junta!

Posted by: motorfriend | March 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Cheney knows exactly what he's doing. He's going to play his hand to the end. Its just to bad he and Bush were so busy stacking the deck the last eight years that no one wants to hear a word they say. Any danger that we have at the present time can be attributed to their negligence. And besides all that any change in Cheney's position could be considered an admission of guilt, just like Bush admitting that the war was a mistake after hundreds of thousands of people were dead because of it. Peace in the world became history the day G.W. Bush became president by a supreme court vote over the most intelligent choice.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 24, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting, I don't remember Turley being particularly partisan or extreme in previous analysis, but here he is suggesting that Cheney's behavior begs indictment. If only more mainstream commentators would follow suit, maybe this issue could get some traction.

The only reason the Catholic priest sex abuse issue got attention after decades is because the victims got the cases to court. Maybe if the Canadien national who was wrongly detained and tortured, but denied due process under the Bush Justice Dept. due to "national security" concerns, is allowed to petition for recourse under the Obama tenure, we'll see these dark and shameful secrets will be addressed and dealt with honestly.

Posted by: russgeer | March 24, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess Dick is kinda bored after losing his (Spiro Agnew Memorial) Koolaid stands in front of the White House and the Senate Building so is trying to get some chump "change" but the Repuplicans aren't going to have their label put on it so let's just call it Dick flavored Koolaid.

Posted by: glenglish | March 25, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

There is sufficient evidence - including personal statements - that Dick is guilty of crimes against humanity, the highest crimes of them all, crimes so grave that there is no immunity or statue of limitations.

Yes, he is harming the Republican party, but who really cares? Until WE bring him to justice, he will continue to harm our reputation, continue to generate hate towards us, continue to make a rogue state out of the country that was once the beacon of liberty.

Posted by: eddieo1 | March 26, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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