Even an obsessive anti-Village nut like me is surprised by the respect that continues to be accorded Dick Cheney. Perhaps the strangest thing of all is that part of this extends to Liz Cheney. But beyond that, some of this stuff sounds like parody. Here’s Broder:
Cheney, too, is scornful of the simplistic formulas that politicians tend to favor — one reason he was never a big hit on the campaign circuit. But he is as serious about governing as Obama, and as confident in his own judgments.
So what we saw was two men arguing vital issues without the kind of disguised demagoguery that cheapens too many campaigns.
I thought Cheney’s strongest point was his assertion that Obama had “no plan” for handling the 240 occupants of the Guantanamo Bay prison when he announced, soon after taking office, that the facility would be closed within a year.
And here’s some other weird anecdotes from Greg Sargent:
Back in March, after Cheney accused Obama of putting the country in danger the first time, White House press sec Robert Gibbs defended Obama by describing Cheney as a member of a GOP “cabal.” The comment triggered outrage from the MSNBC gang and other reporters who said Gibbs hadn’t shown the former Veep proper deference.
Today during the briefing, another reporter (I’m not sure who) attacked Gibbs again for being mean to Cheney. The reporter said Gibbs had taken a “swipe” at Cheney. What was the swipe? Earlier in the briefing, Gibbs had responded to Cheney’s attack by puckishly saying he had a lot of time on his hands. That was the swipe.
This is just weird. Cheney delivered a 5,000 word speech today blasting Obama and Dems as unwilling to defend us from terrorists. He called them phonies and hypocrites for condemning torture. He accused Obama of closing Guantanamo in order to “receive applause in Europe.” And Gibbs is taking heat for gently pushing back?
And all this is going while even David Brooks is admitting that Cheney was a delusional manica as VP.
I’d ask why this is but the answer is clear? Dick Cheney is a “serious guy”, a GOP daddy. So another question: is there anything that could happen that would cause Cheney to lose his respected GOP daddy status? I mean, the guy tortured people to find links between Iraq and Al Qaeda so he could start one of the most disastrous wars in American history. With Karl Rove’s help, he decimated our federal bureaucracy. He shot a friend in the face and then made the friend apologize for it.