Monday, January 17, 2011

Cheney on Tucson

Interviewed on NBC's Today show:
I think our politics can get pretty rough at times. Having been vice president for eight years, maybe I'm more (CHUCKLES) sensitive to it than others, but the fact of the matter is, a good, tough political fights is one of the great strengths of our democracy.
As spoken by one of the most maligned vice-presidents in history. Gotta love how this guy always seems to have a clear, adult perspective on things with that dry, biting sense of humor (powered by a heart pump).

MORE 1/18/11

Gotta wonder when this Cheney interview was planned or whether he just popped up after the Tucson shooting as an attempt to throw a speed bump in the lefty narrative about conservative hate. Take a look at the comments section on HuffPo's story about the interview, or any political message board and you'll notice what amounts to an Obama waiver on civility when discussing ole Darth.

Yet there's Darth calmly mentioning Obama's about-face on Bush terrorism policies (as he instructed in 2009) while the partisans drop into a zombie-scream zone of Cheney hate. Do they even realize?

Meanwhile he dropped at least a small bomb when asked about his relationship with Dubya after Libby didn't get a pardon--strained--and only pretty good now, which begs the question of whether one of the 'scores' Cheney might decide to 'settle' in his memoirs has anything to do with what really happened with Plamegate.

4 comments:

Mustang said...

Perspective; it is all about perspective. As unthinking legislators moralize about acrimonious debate, they’ve perhaps forgotten that our founding fathers intended gridlock. In our early years, legislators had duels over their arguments and we may recall that Preston Brooks (D-SC) nearly beat to death Republican colleague Charles Sumner in 1856. We may have forgotten that age-old refrain sung by children: “sticks and stone can break our bones, but names will never hurt us.”

Two things I would never do: go hunting with Cheney, or invite him over to watch an exciting football game.

A.C. McCloud said...

That's what the left is trying to neuter of course, at least until 2012.

As to Cheney, I kinda like the old man (yeah, it's character flaw). He's got a dry way of carving people up before they even realize it. He also wasn't afraid to appear on NBC News even knowing they could edit his replies. Palin needs to find a way to do that.

Debbie said...

He is always interesting and it is obvious that he differed with Bush on some things. I like him. I also like his daughter. You can bet he had a motive for popping up as you say.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

A.C. McCloud said...

Obviously he hasn't been well enough to pop up anywhere until just recently, so it's hard to know if this was scheduled well in advance or not. Guess it doesn't really matter.

I'm looking forward to the book. Bush's was about as expected--pretty vanilla. Thinking Cheney's will be different.