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Cheney: Nauseating Me With A Nauseus Super-Naus*

Let this be a lesson to you, power-proximity seeking weasels who sought to do Dick Cheney’s bidding to get closer to the inner circle, no matter the wrongness of the task. Or sycophantic acolytes and true believers who hopped to when fingers were snapped, no matter the impact of their actions on the constitution, the rule of law or the balance of powers for the long term. 

You’re stupid enough to do the minion shuffle? Then, it’s always your fault:

Mr. Cheney said that the Bush Administration legally exerted the kind of authority found in Article 2. “We did it in a manner that I believe and the lawyers that we looked to for advice believed was fully consistent with the Constitution and with the laws of the land,” he said. “And there’s, I say, ample precedent for it. If you think about what Abraham Lincoln did during the Civil War, what F.D.R. did during World War II, they went far beyond anything we’ve done in the global war on terror.”

Regarding the difference in roles played by the outgoing and incoming second-in-commands, Mr. Cheney said that if Mr. Biden “wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that’s obviously his call.”

Passive aggressive much, there, Dickie?  That boogie man schtick is so re-tread, dude. 

Did no one learn anything from Richard Nixon? Besides the wrong-headed, legally and morally repugnant lessons Dick Cheney clearly thought he learned, I mean?

The minions always — always — take the rap, while the boss walks off into the sunset certain that he was right and the whole of the universe is wrong.  And if he ever has a glimmer of belief otherwise, that wrongness will fall squarely on the shoulders of all those "lawyers we looked to for advice."

Paging John Yoo: big bad blame and scapegoat blue light special in aisle W.

*Is it me, or can all things Cheney be summed up with a line from You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch?  YouTube from same.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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