Four More Years -- Of Cheney?

In all likelihood, you don’t need yet another reason to reject the very idea of a Rudy Giuliani presidential administration. Here’s one anyway.

Would a Rudy Giuliani administration be populated with a cabinet of Republican rivals and a powerful, all-knowing vice president like Dick Cheney? Possibly, according to musings Giuliani shared in answers to questions from New Hampshire voters Wednesday evening in Hooksett. […]

Later, Giuliani pivoted from a question about potential picks for secretary of state to this: “Let me answer with the question of what you would look for in a vice president first — again without any presumption that I’m going to be the nominee.”

In an answer that mentioned Cheney more than once, Giuliani said, “A vice president has to be a partner in the administration. The vice president has to know everything that’s going on, just in case the vice president has to step in at a moment’s notice,” he said. He added that during a conversation with Cheney on Sept. 11, 2001, he felt the vice president “had a sense that he knew what he was doing.”

Now, I suspect most reasonable people look at Cheney’s tenure as one of the more destructive, nefarious aspects of Bush’s presidency. The vice president has not only been wrong about every possible challenge, he’s raised the stakes on everything from dishonesty to secrecy, demagoguery to corruption.

And yet, there’s Giuliani, suggesting the last seven years would serve as a positive model for the next president.

Faiz has more.


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