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From the Boston Globe‘s Political Intelligence blog:
Embracing perhaps the most polarizing figure in the Bush administration, Mitt Romney will hold a fund-raiser at the Jackson Hole, Wyo. home of former Vice President Dick Cheney this summer.
The Romney campaign confirmed Monday that it sent a save-the-date e-mail to supporters advertising the “memorable event” in a “beautiful summer destination” on July 12…
Romney has praised what he characterizes as the business-friendly climate of the Bush years. Republican National Committee spokeswoman Alexandra Franceschi said last month that the GOP’s 2012 economic platform would be virtually identical to Bush’s, “just updated.”
And Romney has expressed a favorable view of Cheney, in particular, saying the former vice president possesses the qualities he will look for in a running mate.
“Whether you agree or disagree with him, this is a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States,” Romney said of Cheney at a campaign event in September. “That’s the kind of person I’d like to have — a person of wisdom and judgment.”
A person of wisdom and judgement. With bait like that, I’ve gotta assume our friends in Homeland Security are just hoping to honeytrap another handful of wishful anarchists for a special media-friendly extra-patriotic Independence Day “bust”. Darth Cheney and the RomneyTerminator, together at last… that’s a scarier scenario than any of the big-budget Hollywood releases scheduled for this summer.
Both Sides Do It
“Whether you agree or disagree with him, this is a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States,” Romney said of Cheney at a campaign event in September. “That’s the kind of person I’d like to have—a person of wisdom and judgment.”
I can’t even parse this. “No matter if you agree or disagree with him, he’s right”?
Also what I wouldn’t give for a leaked copy of Willmitt’s Luntz-tested phrases that he’s supposed to repeat as often as he can. For nothing nefarious; drinking game purposes, of course. I have a feeling that Cheney’s “wisdom and judgment” applied to the media appearances around that September event would have killed someone.
Par for the course, in other words.
Like Cheney selecting himself for the VP slot after interviewing the rest of the candidates?
Beth Myers, there’s your hint.
Or does Romney mean qualities like heartlessness and demon worship — Dick Cheney is like the portrait of Dorian Gray, without the painting.
I think George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina deserves Beth Myers’ close attention.
Barring that, could Romney make the Lieberman reach?
mittbot/darth 2012. Victory!
F, can’t team Romney even read opinion polls? Darth Cheney had a favorability rating of 11% when he left office. Counting in a little bit of statistical noise, that means he was at 27% with the 27%. But if Cheney doesn’t want the gig, I’m sure Bolton is ready for it.
Mitt has 3 sons old enough to become president under the Constitution (not all of whom are registered voters in the same state as he is), as well as several nephews 35 or older.
Really wouldn’t put it past him to try to keep it all in the family.
Gads, what a revolting thought.
“Rich old conservative can never fail, they’re just let down by their
Ain’t that right, Willard?
James E Powell
When has Cheney ever demonstrated wisdom or good judgment? Everything he touched turned to shit.
But I suppose that in America the past just doesn’t matter.
Did Cheney just pick himself for VP again?
hells littlest angel
While I fully expect Romney’s VP pick to be mind-bendingly stupid, do I really dare to hope?
Oh, Mitt, think of the gravitas and the foreign policy experience that a running mate like Richard Cheney could add to your ticket. Think about it, please!
George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina
I have a question:
The comments posted on popular progressive blogs, across the blogosphere are liberal in nature, to various degrees. They have some isolated trolls, but not many.
But there is an odd exception.
I’ve noticed that the progressive writers on Salon and HuffPo attract a lot of winger and teabagger commentators, spouting the memes and propaganda you hear on Hate radio and Fox.
What is it about these 2 blogs that attracts all the loons like flys to fly paper?
@George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina: Salon and HuffPo aren’t really blogs — they’re more like magazines or newspapers, so maybe they attract the kind of commenters that post on newspaper websites. Though I don’t really know why that would make a difference… maybe bloggers are more likely to delete offensive comments than newspapers are…?
hells littlest angel
@George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina: Same thing at the Washington Post. Wingers get gratification from annoying people, and the more people they can annoy, the more they are gratified.
Either that, or they’re just following orders.
I’m sure I will find anyone Mitt picks for a running mate revolting.
John Bolton is undoubtedly writing his acceptance speech as we speak…
Embrace your inner Cheney, Mitt!
From Mitt’s POV, Cheney is a winner. Got to be almost-President, made a ton of money by ethically dubious means, knows how to shoot a lawyer in the face and get away with it.
What’s not to like?
@hells littlest angel:
Surely fate wouldn’t be so kind as to have the Marquis pick Dick Cheney as VP…oh please please please.
Sidebar: I have, unfortunately, a neighbor who is a mean old sonofabitch; I believe I’m the only one of his neighbors at whom he hasn’t taken a swing. I describe him as Dick Cheney, without the charm.
Open thread means cat pics, as that’s really all I’ve got.
Last week I posted a couple of pictures of my mother’s new cat, Yolanda, now known mostly as “Yoly” or “Yolymonster.” (She’s not monstrous at all) Here she is, surveying her waterfront domain.
Also too, my mother wanted a friend for Josephine, but she was adamant in being an only cat. Yoly has no such hang-up. So, we now have Vincenza, usually called “Vinnie,” or as I call her, “Vinniemonster.” (Again, not monstrous at all) She’s on the small side at 7 pounds, but has a good black-and-white personality.
the fugitive uterus
you people just like to torture me with your dream scenarios
Humm, maybe this evidence of Mitt’s lack of judgement is causing a few to hedge their bets. If you know what I mean.
the fugitive uterus
@George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina: your command of the english language, grammar, spelling and overall ability to communicate w/o mysoginistic epithets indicates you are an imposter!
you sir, are not George Tierney of Greenville SC!
@the fugitive uterus:
If you think about it, it fits. The conservative leadership caste now consists mainly Vietnam war era draft-deferring Ivy League meritorious inheritors who were pro-war, so long as somebody else was getting shot at or living in mud.
Bolton and Cheney are shining examples of the breed that courageously decides to send other young men into harm’s way while they rake off the goodies and power, and lurve them The Troops. They prove their adoration of all things military by using The Troops often, in reckless fashion, and anyone questioning the wisdom of so frequently using The Troops then becomes an anti-American treason committer.
Oh, the humanity!
Actually, Romeny has suggested that he might have Bolton as Sec State. Not kidding!
The only thing to respect George W Bush for is that he got sick of the crap from Cheney and told him to take a hike as far as bombing Iran was concerned.
Cheney has wisdom and judgement? Ha!
Interesting developments in the Arctic. Gonna be a multi-national feeding frenzy. Of course, all these countries have a sovereign interest in the oil. That makes me wonder why US forces will be involved securing oil for a multi-national oil company that pays no taxes to us.
Has Eurovision finally hit rock bottom?
Here’s a link to the Joplin Mo. address from Obama.
A cogent defense of community and the government’s interest in promoting it.
@catclub: Do you have evidence something that authoritarian came from W and not the Joint Chiefs? I think Cheney, for reasons only he knows, wanted to drop a nuke on somebody. ANYBODY. The sane voices were the ones in the military.
@Randy P: The only evidence is negative. When both Cheney and Bush wanted the Joint chiefs to jump and go for an inadequate force to hold Iraq, they did.
When only Cheney wanted to bomb Iran. It did not happen.
The difference: what Bush was wanted. Not what the Joint Chiefs wanted.
Bush was similar to Lincoln!: He fired Generals until he found one who would agree with him.
Villago Delenda Est
Do you know who else was a man of wisdom and judgement?
yet another jeff
A man of wisdom and judgment…and a man of wealth and taste…
Well, sure, if he would have shot GWB in the face.
Man, I was so digging this post until I got to the handwringing for the poor, innocent widdle anarchist boys so cweully entwapped by the dastawdwee government into travelling all the way from Florida to Chicago to execute a plan to set off a bomb at Obama’s campaign headquarters.
We are in exactly the kind of economic and social conditions that have historically generated idiot anarchists who think murdering random strangers with bombs is the perfect way of achieving their glorious vision of ushering in a paradise when governments will vanish and all the organization we need to avoid barbarism will arise spontaneously from the peepul without any need for leadership. We’ve seen these imbeciles, who basically believe that creating the conditions for warlordism and cholera is a noble goal, show up and poison protest after protest since the 90s, and still they find all too many “aww, they’re just excitable boys” apologists on the left.
Do we really have to wait until some of these idiots manage to kill some people before we stop sneering and mumbling darkly about entrapment and how itsh all a big gubbament conshpirashy to Silence teh Left?
George Tierney of Greenville, South Carolina
@Scott S.: @hells littlest angel: Good points.