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April 22, 2009

KEEP ON TALKING, DICK.... The Democratic National Committee is touting a new web video today, featuring the "new faces of the GOP." The video pulls back the curtain to show us Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney. The closing line reads, "Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP."

To that end, I suspect the DNC is delighted to see the former vice president stay on the attack against President Obama.

President Barack Obama's expansion of the federal government into the financial sector is likely to have "devastating" effects in the long term, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in his latest salvo directed at the new White House administration.

In an interview on Fox News -- portions of which aired Tuesday night -- the former vice president said he is "very concerned" about where the Obama administration is taking the country economically.

I get the sense Cheney has no idea how happy he's making officials in the West Wing. The White House would love nothing more than a political fight that boils down to Obama's approach vs. the Bush/Cheney/Rove approach. The former VP keeps making this easier. It's precisely why so many Republicans on the Hill would prefer to see Cheney quietly go away -- if he's the face of the Republican Party right now, the GOP is in a lot of trouble.

This is especially true when it comes to a debate over the economy. Cheney believes Obama's policies are likely to be "devastating"? It's like manna from heaven for Obama's team.

On a related note, there's been some follow-up on Cheney's comments on Fox News from Monday:

U.S. counterterrorism officials are reacting angrily to ex-Vice President Dick Cheney's claim that waterboarding 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed 183 times was a "success" that produced actionable intelligence.

"Cheney is full of crap," one intelligence source with decades of experience said Tuesday.

If I only had a nickel for every time I've come across that phrase.

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I keep waiting for thefat old bastard to heave his fatal heart attack, then I remember that would be impossible, since he hasn't got one.

Dick, you're a dick.

Posted by: TCinLA on April 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

Z

If you are younger than 40, go watch the movie.

Posted by: gregor on April 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

Boy do I wish this thing had an edit feature when you're working on half a cuppa - try again:

I keep waiting for the fat old bastard to have his fatal heart attack, then I remember that's impossible since he hasn't got one.

Posted by: TCinLA on April 22, 2009 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

Pssst, Dick, TARP was your program!

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on April 22, 2009 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

I love how they borrow a line from The Who and yet have no clue about what the songs actually says. I guess most repubs are ready to be fooled again.

Posted by: Mass Hysteria on April 22, 2009 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

So the real question is 'Where does Rush stand with Cheney's sudden need for the spotlight ?'

Maybe some lucid republicans in Washington want him to go away, but that doesn't explain why he is getting as much air time as he wants. Someone is tuning in.

Posted by: ScottW on April 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

Dick, hell bent on saving us from the dicks of the world.

Posted by: Glen on April 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM | PERMALINK

This is a moral question, one of values, what are the principles of our country. Cheney is into the childish justification of the ends justify the means - regardless of the values.

Sadly, we even find that the end goal - what our countries values were abandoned for - was to seek the non existant link between Sadam and al Qaida so GW and Dick could save face for their disasterous decision.

Posted by: George on April 22, 2009 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

I hope Dick Torture keeps talking. Everyday more gifts from this Godless man. I don't want him to die before all of his unholy deeds have been exposed and even the republicans can't stomach that monster anymore. Here's hoping that day comes soon.

Posted by: Patrick on April 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, Dick, torture is an effective tool. So are ethnic cleansing and genocide. Does he not hear what he is saying?

Posted by: jen f on April 22, 2009 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

The fact that cheney headed the committee to select a vice-presidential candidate, but could find no one better than himself should tell you all you need to know about the man.

cheney was the "power behind the throne", and he sees himself in that manner. All this bluster and bitching is about salvaging his own legacy. He doesn't want to be remembered as part of the group that brought the US to the brink of ruin. Even though he was/is part of that group.

Posted by: kanopsis on April 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Dick Torturey is "very concerned" about the direction of the country? That's rich.

Posted by: George on April 22, 2009 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

No telling what the 184th time(water torture) would have revealed.

Posted by: dick cheney on April 22, 2009 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

"Cheney is full of crap," one intelligence source with decades of experience said Tuesday.

I think this should be printed as the sig line on all of your Cheney related posts from here on out.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on April 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Well, isn't this precious.

Dick Cheney, who up until 3 months ago had the power to have anyone incarcerated without charges or trial and tortured, is now reduced to having the same power available to your average internet troll.

If there is a God, he's laughing.

Posted by: Jennifer on April 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

How can it be, in an "advanced" civilization such as our's, that Darth Cheney hasn't already been arrested and shipped to the Hague? Obama is pussy-footin' around a subject that, as a Constitutional Scholar/lawyer, he should be leading the charge to jail this asshole. Period. Nauseating...

Posted by: stevio on April 22, 2009 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, and if you have to torture someone 183 times before they ever give you allegedly good info, wouldn't that bomb have to be ticking an awful long time?

Posted by: Allan Snyder on April 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

I think Cheney's behavior in the last few months is one of the strongest arguments for the "something happened to him" theory for how the Cheney who worked for Ford and Bush I turned into the malevolent force behind the throne of Bush II. NONE of the other major players (Rumsfeld, Rice, Bush II, Gonzales) are doing this stuff, at least partly because they know it won't do them any good.

Mike

Posted by: MBunge on April 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

Who'd think it. Dick is "Full Of Crap." Cheney exclusives on the FOC network.

Posted by: Hank Blathers on April 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

MBunge - Cheney was always Cheney; it's just that he had unfettered power under W. Bush thanks to Bush's lack of interest or intellect. I'm sure he would have committed just as many evil acts under Ford or Bush Sr. if he had thought he could get away with it.

When he was tasked with selecting a VP nominee for W, he sized up the mark, determined quickly that he could be easily rolled, and suggested himself as the VP candidate so he'd be positioned to do the rolling.

Posted by: Jennifer on April 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder what kind of surprise Mr. Cheney had when he got a look at what was left of his blind trust? or did he get out of having one?

Posted by: jhm on April 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK
I think Cheney's behavior in the last few months is one of the strongest arguments for the "something happened to him" theory for how the Cheney who worked for Ford and Bush I turned into the malevolent force behind the throne of Bush II. NONE of the other major players (Rumsfeld, Rice, Bush II, Gonzales) are doing this stuff, at least partly because they know it won't do them any good.

Does Karl Rove not count as a "major player" in the Bush II administration? He's certainly been playing the same game.

Posted by: cmdicely on April 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

I started reading The Dark Side, and apparently Cheney has always been obsessed with doomsday scenarios and continuity of government exercises. I think he's always been paranoid and willing to trash the constitution in order to "protect" the country, but like others have noted, he wasn't always able to realize his executive power fantasies.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on April 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder what kind of surprise Mr. Cheney had when he got a look at what was left of his blind trust? or did he get out of having one? --jhm, @12:03

Ding! JHM gets the prize! There was that wee little item in yesterday's NYT, under the subject line "Halliburton Profit Decreases 35%". I'm sure that, whoever else might have missed it, Cheney would have got the report before it was made public. No wonder he's feeling cranky about Obama's economic policies.

And yeah, he did have a blind trust while in power but nobody much believed that he wasn't keeping both his hands in it, up to the elbows. Why else would Halliburton and its spinoff KBR get all those no-bid contracts both in Iraq and in Louisiana (post Kartrina)?

Posted by: exlibra on April 22, 2009 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

"Cheney is full of crap"

Ahhh, now there's some intelligence for you.

Posted by: Markozilla on April 22, 2009 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

Our military waterboards U.S. citizens during training. Why aren't we outraged at the military? Am I the only person in America who wants our military commanders jailed for waterboarding our U.S. troops?

Posted by: Exrepub on April 22, 2009 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Nothing judges like better than humility and remorse. Dick Cheney would be wise to shut up about torture and hope the subject fades from the front page.

Posted by: Luther on April 22, 2009 at 8:28 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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