Posted by Brad @ 12:57 pm on May 22nd 2009

Dick Cheney’s Motive

Some have been wondering why Dick Cheney has become the most visible spokesman in the Republican party since Obama’s election, up there with Rush Limbaugh and Michael Steele, and why, in particular, he’s making a rather inglorious show of out-and-out demonizing and castigating the new President in a very un-statesmanlike fashion.

It must be that he cares very deeply about this issue and really believes that Obama is making grave mistakes that threaten the country he cares so very deeply about, right?

Well, maybe. But mostly…

Vice President Dick Cheney decided to speak out after learning that President Barack Obama might open prosecutions of former Bush Administration officials, his daughter disclosed Thursday.

Elizabeth Cheney told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that her father decided to speak out after he learned there was a possibility of legal action.

“He certainly did not plan when he left office to be doing this,” Cheney’s daughter said. “But I think as we watched in those very first days and weeks after President Obama came into office when he released the memos that lay out for the terrorists — the techniques we used to question them. Then when he suggested in the Oval Office itself that he would be open to the prosecution of former Bush administration officials including many who weren’t political appointees potentially, you know really, I think, made my dad realize this was just fundamentally wrong. We had to speak out.”

I really just don’t think it’s possible to underestimate Dick Cheney’s motives, as a general rule.


  1. Kind of off subject but not entirely – since when did Liz Cheney become so prevalent a voice? She is on every talk show she can book and sounding very much like her father. Did I miss her presence in the public light before this or is this new?

    Comment by Liz — 5/22/2009 @ 4:33 pm

  2. Well, it’s not like Dick Cheney traditionally availed himself much either.

    You know, when we had like questions, or wanted answers, or stuff like that.

    I mean, there are two legitimate reads here, the first being taking them at face value. They’ve just been so moved by what they see as irresponsible governance, in the first 100 days, that they can’t help but take the stage.

    Or, it’s because they realize that if public outcry about the previous administration’s actions begins to build, leading to a truth commission, which could eventually lead to prosecutions, that the buck on most of this stuff, as it were, stops at Dick. So, the race is on to dirty box as much as possible in the hopes of staving off the inevitable reckoning. Nobody wants to go down in history as being among America’s Most Evil National Leaders Ever.

    My own hunch? The Cheneys and Kristol’s and Krauthammer’s and the like have been surprised to discover, once out of their bubble and once a new executive steps in, that theirs is the minority position, and history, as they say, is written by the winners. My guess is the outcry in the last six months over torture specifically came as something of a shock to them. Easy to be flip about it when you’re in power, everybody around you who might have argued or given you a dose of reality has long since been fired, and you control the paper shredders.

    Comment by Brad — 5/22/2009 @ 4:37 pm

  3. You dare suggest that we, the minions of the United States, deserve answers?

    I tend to agree with you. It seems very unlikely that they were overly concerned about the country or actualy prosecutions. It’s just been strange to see Cheney’s daughter so strongly involved.

    Comment by Liz — 5/22/2009 @ 4:54 pm

  4. You’re just mad that she’s sullying the name Liz.

    Comment by thimbles — 5/24/2009 @ 11:00 pm

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