May 18, 2009

Commentary: Cheney is winning the debate against Dems

Posted: 08:12 AM ET

By Steven Hayes

Well, that settles it. Maureen Dowd thinks Dick Cheney should shut up. Cheney, she writes, is "batty," has "numskull ideas," and "still loves torture."

"Just as Jeb Bush and other Republicans are trying to get kinder and gentler, Cheney has popped out of his dungeon, scary organ music blaring, to carry on his nasty campaign of fear and loathing."

Cheney, she concludes, "has replaced Sarah Palin as Rogue Diva."

Oh, snap.

All of this, we are told, is hurting Republicans. "It is very difficult for me to understand how the continued presence of Dick Cheney in the public eye could be helping the Republican Party at all," wrote Joshua Tucker, a professor at New York University, on Politico in response to a question about whether Cheney is helping Democrats or Republicans.

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Dave of Detroit   May 18th, 2009 9:14 am ET

The problem with Dick Cheney is that he is a tremendously intelligent and forceful man but one never knows whether he is looking out for his personal interests as his Company Halliburton built the GITMO Prison Facilities as part of a 5 year $500 million contract with the Pentagon or whether he is truly concerned about the safety and welfare of the United States. I am not even sure that Dick Cheney knows the answer to this question as it is extremely complicated. Does President Obama want to release or put these prisoners in a maximum security prison in the States or keep them isolated at GITMO? The question would have never even come up had there not been abuses and deaths of POW's in U.S. custody and complete cut off from their respective Consulates that has turned world opinion from backing the U.S. in the fight on extreme radical terrorism to actually making us the bad guys or one of the bad guys. The obvious answer to me is that we need a consensus with the world powers and administrative changes to our policies-possibly even oversight of the program by U.N. Inspectors. It is time we stopped going down this road by ourself!

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   May 18th, 2009 10:59 am ET

I liked it better when he was at an Undisclosed Location.

Usually a guy who keeps talking has a Guilt Complex to save his neck. Surely he isnt thinking of a run for President. I think he thinks he should of now run against Obama instead of McCain.

The man is nasty and should be in Jail!!

Michael C. McHugh   May 18th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Since Bush Junior is as popular as Herbert Hoover, the Republicans don't even want to be seen in public with him. All they have to fall back on is Cheney, which is like wheeling out Herbert Hoover's vice president. Not exactly a strong hand they are playing....

Dave of Detroit   May 18th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

Really bad news today from Rick Sanchez-CQ magazine is publishing Defense Department Briefings submitted by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to president Bush that had Scripture Verses on the progress of the War in Iraq as President Bush liked to think that he was fighting evil in the war-This is not good! It makes a President that was being manipulated a distinct possibility.......

Rich   May 18th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

Our former VP is only looking after his, I repeat, "HIS" own best interests and not of our country as a whole. As long as there is someone raising questions about the safety of our Nation. Mr. Cheney's "stake" in Halliburton will continue rise.

Former VP Al Gore waited at least one whole year before speaking out publicly about Bush adminstration policies........but I guess he didn't have that much riding on the holdings in oil companies!!

Judith   May 18th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

I certainly do not understand why the trials haven't started with Bush/Cheney.This is not good for our Country or what other World Leaders will think of us if nothing is done.

Dave of Detroit   May 18th, 2009 7:02 pm ET

Judith-The Impeachment Hearings have taken place and went nowhere as the Republicans still maintained a Congressional majority until January of 2009. I don't have the slightest idea of what could happen as a result of the President possibly being manipulated by the Vice-President and Secretary of Defense, probably nothing, he could always say No!

Valerie from Oklahoma   May 18th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Chaney is obviously an angry old man who only wants to further his on greedy needs, by pushing these fear tactics in our face. It won't work ths time though buddy. The public is unto you so go back in hiding and make yourself unseen and unheard just as you did when you were supposed to be our so-called vice president.

sally   May 18th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

5 deferrments for Cheney, & we know several young men beginning from WW2 who have lost their lives...he is ill, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually....why isn't he in jail? Bush also ?...

als   May 19th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Bush and Cheney need to be tried in a court of law. Cheney need to stop making Pelois a scape goat for something everybody know he did. Bush was the Pres of our country and he made the decisions at that time.

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