Bring Us More Dick Cheney…and Liz

Dick and Liz CheneyOK, you liberal-leaning, kale munching, Kerry voters, stop telling Iraq War privateer Dick Cheney to shut up, pipe down or otherwise go away. We need this. We need this so bad—it’s as if we planned it.

It looks like liberals taking a cue from Disney’s iconic villain revival, Maleficent, dug up Dick Cheney and nepotism poster child Liz Cheney to illuminate the Dark Side of our post-9/11 world.

Imagine: The man who popularized the phrase “greeted as liberators” when preemptively invading Iraq, instead of reacting like a normal human being with shame decides to go all over mass media to talk about how the current occupant of the Oval Office has no credibility on foreign affairs. Writing in theWall Street Journal, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

To which every thinking person on the planet (and yes, I’m including Megyn Kelly in this group) goes, “So wrong about so much at the expense of so many? Rarely? You mean like 10 years and 36,710 dead and wounded Americans ago, dude?!”

And then to make it even more of a wallop to our collective psyches, Dick takes his almost also-ran senatorial candidate daughter—whose party, state and own sister didn’t want her to run let alone be in office—to do the Scowl Jowl Tour of 2014.

And then to make it even more of a wallop to our collective psyches, Dick takes his almost also-ran senatorial candidate daughter—whose party, state and own sister didn’t want her to run let alone be in office—to do the Scowl Jowl Tour of 2014. (Seriously, they look like competitors at a Baby Jane Hudson pageant.) In which they announce their new project, 501(c)(4) called Alliance for a Stronger America. And you can donate money to them … in case you were worried.

Why is this such good news? Because it gives the public a chance to reject former Vice President Dick Cheney’s self-serving ideas and faux jingoistic worldview once more. The worldview in which there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and a link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Or that in 2005, “they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” Or the worldview that Dick Cheney “kept us safe” (*Cough* 9/11). We can all use words like gall and chutzpah as we cringe at the public display of self-delusion.

President Clinton could have only dreamed of former-Vice President Dan Quayle launching a “You’re doing it wrong,” publicity tour coupled with a “donate now” button.

President Clinton could have only dreamed of former-Vice President Dan Quayle launching a “You’re doing it wrong,” publicity tour coupled with a “donate now” button. The luck of one Barrack Obama to have the shadowy villain of the profoundly misguided and mishandled war in Iraq all over television at this moment! It’s not like the GOP isn’t having enough problems with their own insurgency (in its last throes, I’m sure) to have to re-litigate a giant screw-up like a poorly planed incursion into a sectarian-riven Middle Eastern country, it’s not what you call, good optics. And the timing couldn’t be worse.

As soon as Rep. Eric Cantor lost his congressional seat and with it all his power and influence, he got to hear what his colleagues really think of him. It’s not good. Dick Cheney’s creepy vanity project with his unaccomplished sidekick spawn is a lesson in that principle. He’s no longer the Vice President and it doesn’t appear that even his co-conspirator Fox News is even onboard with him anymore.

Cheney has embarrassed himself. And that’s awesome.

tina-dupuy-2013But also it acts as an antigen against some future foreign policy follies. The concept is simple (even for the anti-vax dolts), once you get measles, you’re immune from the disease. Think of Dick and Liz’s reemergence as a booster shot against reckless bellicosity overseas: It’ll only sting for a second.

So it’s good to have Dick Cheney’s delightful mug on the television, we need to see what so-freaking-wrong-you-can’t-imagine looks like.

Looks like Dick.

Tina Dupuy
Taking Eternal Vigilance Too Far

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Comments

  1. JoeWeinstein says

    This latest folderol is hardly the first time that Cheney has embarrassed himself (recall hunter Cheney’s expert sharpshooting), so – contrary to Tina’s musing – the effect of the current episode is not particularly ‘awesome’.

    This piece by Tina joins other recent pieces, including one of Sotile, in trying to use recent surfacings of known neocons and other Bush-era power-holders or advisors as excuses to lampoon these folks for their past mistakes.

    Unfortunately, the focus of these pieces is too ad hominem: lampooning people rather than actually clearly critiqueing their ideas. Just because these particular loudmouth folks were absurdly and arrogantly wrong in the past does not mean that all of their current critiques are wrong or should be automatically dismissed.

    Focus on these guys’ discredited past has the effect of diverting us from the avoidable mistakes that really count now (because they are happening now) coming from the current power-holders in the Obama administration.

    • Granny Tenderstone says

      I disagree. I think Ms. Dupuy used both a touch of lightness and truly honest perspective. Cheney is doing us a big favor, running his mouth. He’s lost all credibility although he never deserved any in the first place.

    • Granny Tenderstone says

      yes, death row. His execution should be broadcast in real time worldwide. the way it would have been if we had been fortunate enough to put Hitler in the hot seat or the gallows…… Cheney is no less evil, in fact more evil, because at least Hitler admitted he was a hateful bass turd. He didn’t pretend he wanted to share the world wit everybody. Hitler made it clear he wanted only certain privileged types to exist. Cheney wants the same thing but lies about it. I prefer an asshole to tell me the truth to my face, because anything less is cowardice. Cheney is one of the biggest cowards of all time.

  2. harry says

    I confess I could not grasp what your major theme was other than you really do not like Cheney even a little bit. I am not crazy about him either but reading your article and Mark’s had me feeling like I was watching a whack-a-mole game.

  3. says

    Great writing Tina. “Dick Cheney’s creepy vanity project with his unaccomplished sidekick spawn is a lesson….” Made me laugh out loud. The Cheneys are such a nauseating backflow from the recent flushing of his waste product of an administration down history’s washroom facilities that I almost gagged at their interview. Thanks for helping to put it into perspective.

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