Dick Cheney gets top billing in today’s Washington Post:
Cheney entered the arena this winter in a politically weak position after that election. His personal favorability ratings were and are still low. A Gallup poll in late March found that 30 percent of respondents gave him a favorable rating, while 63 percent rated him unfavorably.
That is why his high-profile defense of controversial Bush administration policies has caused queasiness among Republican political strategists. But Cheney remains powerful enough that most of his GOP critics are not willing to take him on in public. “The fact that most people want to talk [without attribution] shows what a problem it continues to be,” said one Republican strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid. “Cheney continues to be a force among many members of our base, and while he is entirely unhelpful, no one has the standing to show him the door.”
So, let’s get this straight: Dick Cheney is wildly unpopular. The Bush/Cheney policies caused great damage to the nation. But, Dick Cheney has made himself the GOP’s top spokesman. But, other Republicans, who are queasy over Cheney’s role — are too afraid of him to stop him. Wow. No wonder the GOP is such a mess. And, what a bunch of wimps. They’re cowering before Dick Cheney.
How could we trust Republicans to keep our nation safe when they can’t protect their own party from Dick Cheney?