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Cheney 2012: We Were Warned

CheneyDevilA couple of weeks ago, a trashy movie was released that hypothesized the year 2012 would see all sorts with unspeakable catastrophes unleashed, in keeping with a supposed ancient Mayan prophecy.

Kind of a ridiculous premise.  But then again (via CNN):

A new group wants former Vice President Dick Cheney back in the White House.

The organization – “Draft Dick Cheney 2012” – launched on Friday, and unveiled their new Web site. Their aim: To convince the former vice president to seek the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House….

“The 2012 race for the Republican nomination for President will be about much more then who will be the party’s standard bearer against Barack Obama, the race is about the heart and soul of the GOP,” said Christopher Barron, one of the organizers of the Draft Cheney movement. “There is only one person in our party with the experience, political courage and unwavering commitment to the values that made our party strong – and that person is Dick Cheney.”

Few people take this seriously, of course.  As Teddy Partridge hinted two weeks ago and I noted more explicitly in September, this draft-Dick chatter is just a facade to justify the continuing media presence of his daughter, Liz (lest anyone ask, “Why, exactly, are you relevant?”) as she unsubtly positions herself for a future electoral career.

But as long as they’re going to play this game, it seems reasonable that we should call their bluff.  If Liz Cheney’s going to keep getting invited onto the cable talk shows and the public-speaking circuit based on the excuse that her dad might run for the White House, some noisy folks should start insisting on equal time for the questions Dick Cheney would have to answer if he weren’t too cowardly to show his own face in an open forum.

You know, the implausible amnesia, the sleeping on the job (literally and figuratively), the evidence hidden in safes intended for classified information, etc… anyone want to start compiling the list?

If he wants to haunt our nightmares, there’s no reason we shouldn’t try to haunt his.

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