God, even Republicans say former Vice President Dick Cheney should just shut up and go away.
The acid-tongued former Number Two in the Bush cabal is mouthing off like Rush Limbaugh on steroids, telling anyone who will listen (and most, thankfully, don’t) that President Barack Obama is putting America in grave danger because he wants to restore basic freedoms to this country and recognize, once again, basic human rights.
Thankfully, nobody listens to Cheney these days. Sadly, George W. Bush did listen to this pathetic excuse for a human being during the eight years of his reign of terror at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Cheney, the "Prince of Darkness" of the Bush White House, is a bitter old man. He left the White House with his plan to turn the Presidency into an absolute dictatorship incomplete. He and his cronies did run roughshod over the Constitution from January 20, 2001 until January 20, 2009 but his excesses cost the Republican Party control of Congress and the White House. His actions constituted repeated violations of the law if not outright treason.
In the end, even Bush — the evil emperor — stopped listening to his Darth Vader. The Vice President lobbied hard for a full and complete pardon for Scooter Libby, his former chief of staff who took the fall for Cheney’s intentional leaking of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to the media. Buth refused. The two men weren’t speaking to each other by the time the Bush presidency ended.
Bush, showing smarts he didn’t use during his time in the White House, refuses to criticize his successor publicly. Not so for Cheney, who prattles on in the insane assumption that anyone out there gives a damn about what he has to say.
Cheney represents the Bush White House days at its worst: an arrogant bully that cares nothing for law, restraint, rights or the opinions of others. He is an angry, belching stereotype of the old search and destroy style of politics that has done its best to destroy a once great nation called America.
The few Republicans brave enough to speak out about Dick Cheney are right. He should just shut up and retreat to an undisclosed location.
With luck, the next time we hear from Dick Cheney will be when he answers the question: "How does the defendant plead?"