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Dick Cheney's Republican Party


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A strange thing about Dick Cheney (OK, another strange thing about Dick Cheney), is that when he was in public service, he went to enormous lengths to keep everything private.

Now that he's a private citizen, he's trying to make everything public, to the point of declassifying documents that would prove torturing prisoners made the country safer.

Then there's this so-called "battle for the soul of the Republican Party," which is a lot like arguing over how many angels can fit on the head of a pin, since nobody can really prove that the Republican Party has a soul in the first place. Or, if it once had a soul, maybe it sold it to Dick Cheney.

Cheney's condemnation of a truly heroic public servant, Colin Powell, as not being a "real Republican," says more about what has happened to the Grand Old Party of Lincoln, Rockefeller, Goldwater and Reagan than about Powell.

The only member of the former administration who seems to have distinguished himself in the post-Bush period is W. himself, and he has done so by wisely keeping his mouth shut (unless he's in front of wealthy foreigners, who pay him to open it).

Cheney could learn a little something from his former junior partner.

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My educated guess:

W. could see which way the wind was blowing, and has remained silent as part of a deal made with the incoming administration to sidestep the fires being driven by that wind.

Cheney recently hitched his wagon to W's on Face the Nation when he indicated that Bush must've known about the "enhanced interrogation techniques" since he signed off on them. I think that he did that because he is completely surrounded by the brushfires and is hoping for an out. If both W. and Cheney were equally complicit, and W. has a deal to immunize himself, how can Cheney be held accountable?


Cheney reminds me of Jose Conseco, he might be dirty but he was right


You might see this as a nit, but, you use the phrase, "How many angels can stand on the head of a pin." It should be, "the point of a pin." That expression was a satirical one used in the late middle ages to poke fun at the monks who were trying to solve the centuries-old mathematical problem of how many points could you have adjacent to a given point. It is not trivial, and was not solved until the end of the 19th century.


The picture for the democratic party looks pretty much the same. My impression is that both Republicans and Democrats would rather see nothing get done than see their rivals get credit for doing something. I'd love to kick both parties out of power, but the one thing they agree on is rigging the game to make that virtually impossible.


"Cheney's condemnation of a truly heroic public servant, Colin Powell, as not being a "real Republican," says more about what has happened to the Grand Old Party of Lincoln, Rockefeller, Goldwater and Reagan than about Powell."

Powell was (WAS) a heroic public figure. That doesn't give him a lifetime pass from scrutiny. He supported a socialist for President who ran on the Democratic ticket. I guess it would be fair to say that he isn't much of a Republican and certainly isn't a conservative. Mr Cheney was staing the obvious.



So "van", any democrat that voted for Reagan "isn't much of a democrat"?

And Chan, the cheap shot about the "soul" of the Republican party being non-existant is uncalled for.

Implying that republicans are soulless is just as bad as Cheney's claim that Powell is not really republican.


Catwoman, voting for a member of the opposite party doesn't make one a bad anything. I would contend that voting for a socialist (Obama really doen't even make much of an effort to disguise it) would make you a bad democrat much less republican. People were understandably duped. Powell wasn't duped. Reagan was a patriot. No thinking American ca say the same for Mr Obama..


Catwoman, voting for a member of the opposite party doesn't make one a bad anything. I would contend that voting for a socialist (Obama really doen't even make much of an effort to disguise it) would make you a bad democrat much less republican. People were understandably duped. Powell wasn't duped. Reagan was a patriot. No thinking American ca say the same for Mr Obama..


I agree with Chan about the GOP having no soul. He was dead-on right about selling it to the evil coward Cheney.

As for keeping quiet, Dubya has every REASON to keep his idiotic mouth shut -- HIS administration is the CAUSE of this country's major problems!

And calling Obama a socialist is getting old and tired. I guess if you people keep saying it over and over again, (brainless) people will believe it... like calling torture 'enhanced interrogation techniques'.


And ah, yes...the Canonization of St. Ronnie the 'Patriot' continues. Forget the fact that he cut and run from Beirut after our marines were killed by terrorists, only to disguise it with a paper-tiger invasion of Grenada two days later to make him look good.

Not to mention St. Ronnie's de-regulation of everything ruined the broadcast industry, opened the financial industry to runaway corruption (which planted the seed for our ills today) and his arms-for-hostages deal, among others. Maybe Nancy's astrologer had that week off?

All while dazzling us with his pretty speeches and aw-shucks Hollywood style. And you people have the gall to criticize Obama? Give me a break, thou hypocrites.

Can't conservatives do ANYthing right?


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Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

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