You Don’t Know Dick

You have got to read “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency“, a four part report written by Barton Gellman and Jo Becker in the Washington Post. It’s a well written series that sheds some much needed light on the unprecedented power of this VP and the secretive ways with which he maneuvers.  Two interesting observations:

  1. “The irony with the Cheney crowd pushing the envelope on presidential power is that the president has now ended up with lesser powers than he would have had if they had made less extravagant, monarchical claims.”
  2. “The only person in Washington who cares less about his public image than David Addington is Dick Cheney,” said a former White House ally. “What both of them miss is that ….. in times of war, a prerequisite for success is people having confidence in their leadership. This is the great failure of the administration — a complete and total indifference to public opinion.”

 For Cheney and Addington, the constitution is like the three-legged pig that everybody loved so much they couldn’t eat him all at once.   Even a group of 50 Presidential Scholars embarrassed the president by presenting him with a hand written letter urging him to ban the use of torture. They wrote: “We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions, and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants.” Also check out Jon Stewart’s series “You Don’t Know Dick” clips available here.


5 Responses to “You Don’t Know Dick”

  1. 1 Matt H. July 6, 2007 at 7:59 am

    The summary of Stewart’s “You Don’t Know Dick” series is this: he is so secretive that he has removed (ie pixelated) his residence on Google Earth, he has created his own classification for secret documents and his own stamp… when Top Secret and Classified will not work he uses his “Treated as Secret/CSI” stamp, and finally the best… Cheney has so many “secrets” that he has had a “man sized safe” installed into his office… how many “secret files” does he have that he needs such a large safe?

  2. 2 Steve M. July 11, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Who needs Dick?

    – 7/10/7 –
    “Senate Democrats moved Tuesday to cut off funding for Vice President Dick Cheney’s office in a continuing battle over whether he must comply with national security disclosure rules.”


  3. 3 bobbyjones July 16, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Sen. Ben Nelson caves on Cheney’s funding

    The 15-14 vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee came on Thursday after the House last month narrowly rejected a companion bid to punish Cheney in a continuing battle over whether he is complying with national security disclosure rules.

    Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., switched his position from a subcommittee vote Tuesday. Perhaps Ben didn’t want Dick to shoot his face off.

  4. 4 bobbyjones August 1, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Our distinguished former Vice President from Minnesota, Walter Mondale, wrote an opinion piece in today’s StarTribune about what a Dick the current VP is. Here are a couple nuggets:

    “Rather than subject his views to an established (and rational) vetting process, his practice has been to trust only his immediate staff before taking ideas directly to the president. Many of the ideas that Bush has subsequently bought into have proved offensive to the values of the Constitution and have been embarrassingly overturned by the courts.”

    “The corollary to Cheney’s zealous embrace of secrecy is his near total aversion to the notion of accountability. I’ve never seen a former member of the House of Representatives demonstrate such contempt for Congress — even when it was controlled by his own party. His insistence on invoking executive privilege to block virtually every congressional request for information has been stupefying — it’s almost as if he denies the legitimacy of an equal branch of government. Nor does he exhibit much respect for public opinion, which amounts to indifference toward being held accountable by the people who elected him.”

  5. 5 Matt H. August 3, 2007 at 8:53 am

    The only thing that we can hope for is that they wait to bring charges against him until after Bush is out of office. That way we can possibly avoid the most certain of presidential pardons.

    The contempt from this administration for the congress, the constitution and the constituents makes me nauseous.

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