By DOUG THOMPSON
Vice President Dick Cheney has long served as the most arrogant face of the supremely arrogant administration of President George W. Bush but even clueless supporters of the White House have to admit the bravado is wearing then when the Senate’s most warmongering Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, says he’s had enough of Cheney and his domination of policy.
McCain calls Cheney’s crafting of Iraq war policy a “witches brew” and says Bush “has been badly served” by his Vice President.
Badly served? That’s like saying the Bay of Pigs was a “little mistake.” Cheney’s role in the Bush administration, like so many of the President’s programs, policies and actions, has been a monumental FUBAR.
It was Cheney, with bosom buddy Donald Rumsfeld, who directed the consolidation of power in the executive branch. Revenge, the Mongolians say, is a dish best served cold and Cheney has been planning this revenge on Congress since his days with the Nixon and Ford administrations.
Washington is a town driven by karma and the same karma that allowed Dick Cheney to get his revenge and – in the process – destroy many of the freedoms, constitutional guarantees and checks and balances that are part of the government, is coming back to bite him in the ass.
The music has stopped and Dick Cheney may be the only one without a seat.
But while Dick Cheney may be down, he is by no means going without a fight. In an interview, he called McCain’s comments “hogwash.” He said the Bush administration will do whatever it damn well wants even if Congress and the American people don’t support the actions.
This is the man who told Sen. Patrick Leahy to “fuck off” on the floor of the Senate, the one who advocates tossing journalists in jail if they dare question the illegal actions of the Bush administration and – as testimony in the perjury trial of his ex-chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby reveals – the man obsessed with destroying anyone who disagrees with the White House.
Dick Cheney is a spiteful, bitter, arrogant, vain little man who was tasked with helping Bush find a running mate in 2000 and managed to eliminate all candidates except himself. This worked perfectly for Bush, whose entire career is built on letting others run interference for him.
Cheney brought in Don Rumsfeld, another believer in absolute power in the executive branch.
Cheney and Rumseld bragged that Americans would be “welcomed as liberators” in Iraq. When it didn’t happen, Cheney said “just wait. They will.”
When Bush sacked Rumsfeld, White House insiders say Cheney got so mad he refused to speak to the President for weeks. But as Bush’s popularity plunged and more and more Republicans defected from the madness of King George, Cheney found himself back in the inner circle as one of the few left who still backed the President’s insanity.
Now Republicans wonder if the Vice President might not be as Looney-Tunes as the Prez.
As Margaret Talev of McClatchy News Service reported in today’s Capitol Hill Blue:
A group of Republican lawmakers was waiting for an elevator on Capitol Hill when one of them said in frustration to his colleagues, “What’s with Cheney? Anybody know?”
One colleague muttered, “The guy’s getting a little strange, seems to me. Big chip on his shoulder.”
My granddaddy used to say that “even a blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while.”
Same for Republicans.