Cheney: Sarah Palin wasn’t ready to be president in 2008

Dick Cheney weighed in today on the VP process and said the number one consideration of a VP pick is that they are ready to be president, something he feels was not the case in 2008 when McCain chose Sarah Palin as his VP (h/t: Hotair):

I really like Dick Cheney and respect his opinion, especially considering the fact that he’s been in the Oval office and knows what it’s about. But I just don’t know that I fully agree with his opinion. Sure, Palin had only governed for 2 years when she was picked but what she had done as governor during those 2 years was more than what most governors do in 4 years. In fact, I wonder what Cheney would say about Gov. Scott Walker if Romney were to pick him as his VP. Would he say the same about Walker since he has only been governor for a couple of years as well. Would he say he doesn’t pass muster for a good VP pick? Because I’d hardly agree with that assessment either.

The truth is that Sarah Palin was more qualified to be president than John McCain and I think she’d make a helluva president now or in the future.


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  • famouswolf

    Cheney, you were not qualified to be president (or vice president), ever.

    • If that’s what you think, then you don’t know Dick. He’s qualified, and was back then, because he knew what he was doing, and still does. Sarah Palin is in exactly the same position, whether he wants to admit it, or whether he believes it, or not. However, don’t compound his mistake with a lie.

      • Conservative_Hippie

        I agree with VirusX. Cheney was qualified and so was (and still is) Palin, unlike the Disaster-in-Chief who now holds the office!

        • aZjimbo

          A cinderblock is more qualified than the disaster in chief.

          • Conservative_Hippie

            True, at least with a cinderblock you can build things.


            True, at least with a cinderblock you have a solid foundation.


            …your turn 🙂

            • aZjimbo

              Excellent points. Never thought of it like that. Bottom line is this fraud in the white house is truely a fraud.

            • FutureOnePercent

              A cinderblock wouldn’t have created 25 new taxes in one bill.

              A cinderblock wouldn’t have shoved Obamacare down our throats.

              A cinderblock doesn’t actively seek to undermine private enterprise.

              A cinderblock would have had a more meaningful discussion with Israel.

              A cinderblock wouldn’t be trying to dismantle our military.

              A cinderblock wouldn’t be a champion for socialism.

              We would have been better off with a rock sitting at the Resolute Desk than this George Costanza pResident whose every instinct is wrong and every decision he has made should have been the opposite.

              • Conservative_Hippie

                LOL, yep!

    • aZjimbo

      Come on now, that is just false.

  • One would almost think the Old Guard is terrified Mitt will pick another girl…..or Palin.

    Can’t really see him doing that, though.

    Ah well, Dick has never been afraid to lose fans over what he feels he needs to say.

    • Susanna958

      I think what terrifies them is that Palin would investigate and charge all the criminals on both side of the aisle. Just like she did in Ak.

      • Betsey_Ross

        She sure would. She understands politics and she isn’t on board with the crony capitalism in which the DC Elite on both sides marinate.

      • warpmine

        Agreed! The GOP continues even now with Beltway politics same old crap and they getting edgy about the influence of true conservatives are having. The Butthead C Rove is one that only believes in politics never what the country was supposed to be constitutionally.

  • ah I just saw other topic and know what the unmentionable thing is now, sorry.

  • Hazel43

    I completely agree with your assessment.

  • 911Infidel

    I’ll take SP over Biden, Obama or McLame anytime. So I gotta disagree with Mr Cheney.

  • conservative58

    Cheney, I totally DISAGREE with you!

    Sarah was far more qualified to be president than the current ‘community organizer’.
    My vote in 2008 was cast for Sarah, as I was NEVER impressed by McCain.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Agreed, same here!

      • CH is in the house! Howdy!

        • Conservative_Hippie

          Howdy K-Bob!

    • tvlgds

      Same here. I voted for her. Never could stand HIM!

      • TLaMana

        Just like I would vote for West or Ryan or another VP candidate like them but never for Liberal-lite Romney

        • tvlgds

          Same here. No fan of Romney.

  • MiBones

    From Cheney’s statement two years of executive experience does not qualify you for being president. That means Obama would not even qualify for vice president. Now how many on Romney’s supposed short list does this disqualify? Did Cheney just give Romney an out or box him in? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • CBDenver

      Actually, Palin had more than 2 years of executive experience. She had been Mayor and City Manager for two terms prior to being elected governor. Before that she was a city council member. Between her time as mayor and her election as governor, she was an oil and gas regulator.

      Considering that Cheney has said he supports Rob Portman as VP, it appears that executive experience is not really the definitive criterion. Portman was a congressman for many years (not an executive position) and has been a Senator for only two years (also not an executive position). He also was a legislative council and worked in the CBO (also not executive positions).

      Based on these facts, it appears to me that Cheney supports people who are Washington insiders, and his claims about “executive experience” are just a smokescreen to cover the fact that he wants a VP who is a member of the establishment.

      • MiBones

        Thank-you from inquiring minds.

      • TaimeAgair

        Great points.

  • ernst1776

    How sad for Cheney. His new heart must have come for a libtard.

  • Sober_Thinking

    I’m all for West, Palin, Walker, Cruz, etc. being President or in power over the deaf, dumb, and blind politicians who now selfishly occupy the White House and Congress. The same ol’ same ol’ is lame o’ and Americans are sick of Washington pooping on our Constitution, bad-mouthing conservative, free and successful American patriots, and disrespecting our Lord and savior. We are indeed mad as hell and we will not take it anymore. So old guard… say what you want because your chapter in history is ending and we are turning the page to a new one. And that new one will reset the course of America to align it closer to what God and our forefathers intended it to be. We will be free, we will be strong, and we will remain the best country in the world… Lord willing.

    • That’s what I was thinking. What are the politicians in Washington doing for us now? Bachmann comes out with something that is vital to our security and they criticize her.

    • marketcomp

      Right on, Sober_Thinking!

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Well said Sober!

    • proudhispanicconservative

      you said it right god willing, but lets not forget to call all the congressman that we elected on 2010 to stand up and replace boner, excuse me boehner as the speaker, he is the worst representation of the establishment, no guts, throwing your people under the bus (bachman) always willing to appease, wheeling and dealing,and not having the guts to defund obama care etc, It is my hope that if we keep the house we vote him out of the speaker seat he is the worst speaker in history, Nancy Pelosi not withstanding.

      • Sober_Thinking

        I agree 1000%!!!

      • Agreed. This cowardly crybaby collaborator would rather go after Congresspeople who take their duty seriously and go after Obama like Bachmann than go after Obama himself. It’s sick and evil.

  • p m

    I like your page post TRS, all of it, and agree with your take on this.
    Just echoing that it is disappointing to hear this from Mr.Cheney.
    Would like to think this is his way of saying she’s ready now, but doubt it, given the so close Bush connections.

    Surely no-one who has looked at what Sarah Palin did for Alaska and Alaskans can seriously doubt her fitness for the Presidency. Alll the more when compared to the traitor now occupying the WH. She is what America needed in 2008, and needs more than ever in 2012.
    I hope America gets what it needs by acclamation at Tampa.

    • warpmine

      Unfortunately, America won’t get what she needs but will more likely get the combination of Obama and McCain. She will ail further until it’s to late to stop her from crumbling to the earth. More than anything, America needs the Rule of Law restored and that’s what Palin would bring. Economically, she would recover when law is restored but will continue to flounder in the current mess no matter how well Romney and a new GOP Senate will steer the ship.

      The cheap steel comprising the hull and rivets of America will fail because her own citizens fail to trust her.

      • p m

        Montesquieu and Locke – a nation of laws, not men. We are a long way from that, yes. Returning to that tenet is indeed the first order of business, with the exceptions being those promulgated, but not validated, by 0zero’s czars.

  • daisy_mae

    From what I’ve seen Governor Palin is one of the bravest patriots our country’s been blessed with in a long long time. She is relentless is her support of our military, our Constitution, and the wisdom of the people of this country and their God given rights. She has and will always have my support. Too bad the GOP can’t see the forest for the trees.

    • she also draws fire (takes the hits) so others do not have to.

  • i’ve always been fairly ambivalent about cheney, I recognize the difference between conservative and republican so his thoughts have always mattered to me as much as the stuff I flush daily…
    the older crankier biden..

  • RefudiateObama2012

    Every time a mouthpiece for the GOPe or the PPC disses Palin, it makes her stronger. I think the reason they attack her now is to weaken her influence over the down-ticket races. She recognizes that getting the right people in office in Congress is our best hope of turning this country back to following the constitution.

    I bet that every time she reads or hears a comment from these blowhards, that steel spine of hers stiffens and her resolve gets stronger. Sarah Palin, the lady of the steel spine and titanium balls.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Very well said, Love your name RefudiateObama2012, love it ……

  • I am beginning to think that neither GWBush or Dick Cheney or Karl Rove had any idea what it was like defending their administration for eight long years against a malicious and vicious state-run Democrat media.

    If Cheney knew just how horrid it was to daily defend him, GW BUSH and Karl Rove against the daily onslaught of lies, agit-propaganda etc etc then there is no way he could say something as remotely blindly stupid as this recent ‘qualified’ statement.

    Does Cheney even know he was VP of the most HATED administration in recent history and when Americans are polled about Presidents that GWBush ranked LOWER than Jimmy Carter?

    One thing Cheney has taught me about the Republican Party, I won’t be sticking my neck out to defend their Establishment candidates-when Romney is President he is on his own.

    Dick Cheney, there is nothing loyal or moral about backstabbers.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      These people have no memories I agree…..they also forget that we have a battle for this country, and comments like that only hurt when made by someone like cheney, Im not much of a conspiracy guy myself but with guys like cheney coming out and attacking one of our own it makes me wonder which side is Mr cheney on?

      • sjmom

        They are not looking at it as a battle for the nation but a battle for the GOP. In other words who will triumph; the old guard establishment types or the conservative base.

        This is why the war we fight as conservatives is against two parties and a system which is designed to lock others out. However, we can and will win with faith in God, strength in numbers and knowing our purpose is “Right” before God and man.

        • proudhispanicconservative


        • proudhispanicconservative

          You are right and they are gonna lose that battle I promise

        • warpmine

          They are politicians, careerists, we are looking to steer the country away from the socialist cliff back to constitutional government, that’s the difference. In other words, they could care less as long as they have the control. Must be an ego thing, matters not what the true goal is so long as they are there as the winners regardless of that goal. This must be why so many including myself view both parties as two sides of the same coin.

          • Unlike them, MOST of us are serious about wanting Obama OUT this year.

    • p m

      “I am beginning to think that neither GWBush or Dick Cheney or Karl Rove had any idea what it was like defending their administration for eight long years against a malicious and vicious state-run Democrat media.”

      You are right – because they they DIDN’T defend their Administration or their policies, and that’s why the libs had it so easy in blackening Bush and the US around the world. The lack of any pushback, as decreed by GWB, was a huge mistake that resulted in the marxist 0zero occupying the WH.

      • StrangernFiction

        Think of them as the Washington Generals.

  • DocBarry1

    Gov Palin’s experience was more than being governor, it was her accomplishments fighting Big Oil, corruption in both parties, etc,. Etc – if this is a journalistic site, why don’t you do your research

    Remember, she had a 80 to 90% favorability rating at the time of her selection

    Finally, all candidates make mistakes in a campaign – she made some – but in comparison to McCain, Obama and Biden – they were minor

    • TaimeAgair


      • DocBarry1

        I believe that Cheney is upset with the Governor because she blew the whistle by calling out the corrupt Republicans in Alaska, defeated his friend for the Governorship and, most significant, she defeated Big Oil – we know about his record with Big Oil.
        1. I accept everyone the way they are.
        2. I affirm that everyone is on their own path, just as I am on mine. 3. I know that everyone is worthy of approval

  • mder4thegov

    As Ronald Reagan would say, “there you go again”.
    Ol’ Dickie boy conveniently forgets Sarah worked on the Alaksa Oil and Gas Commission, and was mayor of Wasilla. (Dick, if you don’t want to do simple research–as to the many accomplishments of Gov. Palin, at least have Lynn, Liz or Mary do it for your pathetically uninformed self.)
    You show your true RINO colors–every time you decide to comment on Sarah Palin.

  • John_Frank

    Mark Levin’s response in this FB note:

    Why does Dick Cheney feel it necessary to attack Sarah Palin?

    I’m a fan of the former vice president but this isn’t classy. And he’s also wrong. John McCain ran a terrible campaign; the Bush-Cheney administration had become very unpopular with the American people, including many Republicans; and the Bush-Cheney administration was every bit as activist when it came to expanding domestic spending and government activism as the Nixon administration. The continuing attacks on leaders of grassroot conservatives by the Republican establishment, especially former Bush administration officials, need to end now. They got their nominee and they need to focus on Obama.

    Now for some facts:

    Governor Sarah Palin’s Executive Accomplishments

    A.B. Culvahouse Praises Sarah Palin

    My observation:

    As long as the GOPe treats Sarah Palin as the enemy, then why should we support their candidate for President?

    Oh right, because we must defeat Obama? Well it sure does not like that is the objective of the GOPe, and to suggest that this is not a co-ordinated effort is nonsense.

    P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin, for sudden and relentless reform.

    • TaimeAgair

      Great post!

    • proudhispanicconservative

      great…..absolutely again Mr Levin on point, like always, love you Mark Levin

    • Garym

      As usual, John_Frank sticks the landing. Good post!

    • We better be committed to defeating Obama and voting for Romney or we’re betraying the country. If they aren’t committed to Obama’s defeat…well, they’re more interested in their petty scores than the country also. The establishment sure is a McPain.

      • John_Frank

        The attacks by the GOPe on leaders like Sarah Palin needs to stop.

        Liz CheneyVerified ‏@Liz_Cheney
        Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she’s done 4 GOP.

        The focus needs to be on Obama.

        Does Cheney and the Establishment Really Seek to Fire Obama?

        That is the question that needs to be asked. As long as the GOPe continues to attack Sarah Palin and treat her like the enemy, their Presidential candidate is not deserving of our support.

        • publius1969

          Ms. Cheney beat me to the punch…Palin was more qualified than mccain, obama and biden COMBINED. Cheny is an establishment repub. he and his cronies don’t want to change the status quo. the left fears her. she is a potential agent of change that we desperately need. Washington D.C. needs an enema and we, the American people, have to do our part to help flush this detritus down the toilet

        • Not voting against Obama after all he’s done is treason just as much as the left and establishment. Breitbart articulated it in his CPAC speech just before his death getting angry saying like Jesus driving out the moneychangers at the temple “if you won’t vote for the candidate, not only shame on you, but you’re on the other side”, and Palin I know agrees he needs to go too. The establishment…is more interested in their petty grudges than defeating Obama. Dick speaks for himself and if he wants to make a Cheney of himself that’s his loss. Shouldn’t be the country’s.
          I’m proud of Ms. Cheney here. What Dick did was a cheap shot.

          • John_Frank

            Treason? Please.

            Yes, I am aware of what Breitbart said.

            However, how would Breitbart have responded with the stream of attacks against Sarah Palin by the GOPe since early May?

            Obviously we do not know, but if I had his megaphone I would said stop it and if it continued, I would have yelled louder and if it continued I would have ultimately said, continue and we will treat you people like the enemy.

            Because right now, the Romney campaign, with their continued and co-ordinated attacks against conservative leaders like Sarah Palin are acting like the enemy.

            • Are they really doing anything different than they’ve always been doing? Since February, Romney’s only gotten to be a better candidate.
              That rumor that he’s shunning her for the Convention seems like just that, a rumor. He’s no fool, so he must know how popular she is.
              Yep. Aiding and abetting Obama and David Axelrod is treason.

        • proudhispanicconservative

          You are right the focus should be oh Barack Hussein Obama, but in order to beat him we will have to go out and vote for Romney who is not the perfect candidate but is a whole lot better than the community organizer.

          • John_Frank

            Why should people get out and vote for Romney, if he and his campaign, along with people like Dick Cheney are going to treat conservative leaders like Sarah Palin as the enemy?

            To stop the Romney campaign conservatives need to do two things:

            – Unite in one voice and tell Romney to stop it now!

            – Make it crystal clear, if not, you can forget about our vote in the fall.

            Otherwise the attacks on conservative leaders like Sarah Palin by the Romney campaign will continue right up to election day, because the Romney campaign will rightly believe that conservatives are a bunch of suckers for punishment and that they can take the conservative vote for granted.

            • proudhispanicconservative

              I understand your frustration, but this is a battle to get our country back, and let me ask you are you willing to let obama be reelected? My point is romney was not my first choice for president, but unfortunately he is our nominee. Our movement is still alive and we were able to put 47 congressmen in office in 2010, I think we are going to do the same in 2012, but that is not going to be enough we still have to win the presidency, because if you have a poisonous snake you have to cut the head, in this case is obama. so dont be discouraged, we will win in november and is going to be our job to make romney not fall out of line.

              • John_Frank

                I am not willing to lie down and be treated like a peon by the Romney campaign. If Romney wants my support he needs to earn it. It is his job to unite the Republican party. He needs to stop running against conservative leaders like Sarah Palin and focus his effort solely against Obama. If he can’t do that he needs to step aside and let someone run at the head of the ticket who knows how to fight.

                P.S. No, I am not one who believes that somehow Sarah Palin will emerge as the nominee, but frankly if the Romney campaign continues on the present path, despite the best efforts of people like Sarah Palin to urge conservatives and conservative leaning libertarians to vote out Obama, I believe as matters stand today, Obama will win.

              • And I understand your pragmatic thinking. However, this pattern has been repeated for decades. The GOPe assume conservatives have no where else to go. You are concerned about the poisonous snake? I’d argue that Romney, and his campaign, are making a good argument for a 2-headed snake. I’m with John_Frank. Enough is enough!

                • This is the most important election of our lives, and Romney would be a lot better than Obama, or McCain for that matter. All our leaders, including Glenn Beck agree too.
                  Like Palin once said, I think after Newt’s defeat, Romney can be pressured to surround himself with people to his right.

  • The bigger problem with the McCain/Palin ticket was the McCain portion.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Lol No argument here!!!!!

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Amen Kyle!

  • Sarah is qualified. Bush wasn’t qualified. – so what – about 2 years. McCain was Senator all his life and so are the rest of them – that’s the whole problem we’re fighting! Ugh – talking out the wrong end.

    • KenInMontana

      Cheney did not say Palin was not “qualified”, he said he did not think she was “ready” to be President, there is a big difference. When I was in the Corps, there were a lot of junior officers that were “qualified” to lead men into combat, but only a handful that were actually “ready” to do so. “Qualified” refers to “on paper” or “academically”, “Ready” refers to a state of mind as well as being qualified through training. Besides, he is expressing his opinion in reference to the time Palin was brought on board the as McCain’s running mate, and he is correct in many ways, it was handled badly by McCain’s staff, and she wasn’t prepared, really, for what was about to be “dumped” on her by the morons McCain had working for him. In my opinion, Palin is certainly qualified, but given her stated positions, my take is that she feels she is not “ready” for it at this time.

      Addendum: When she does feel she is ready, I have no doubt the she will let everyone know it.

      • Garym

        Reguardless Ken, there was no reason for Cheney to make this comment. All it is going to do is alienate a good portion of the conservative base that doesn’t trust the establishment repubs.
        This definitely isn’t helpful in defeating Oblamya.

        • KenInMontana

          He was asked a question and he gave an answer, all the reason in the world. If you don’t want someone’s opinion on something, don’t ask the question, pretty straight forward. In case you and others have forgotten, Gov.Palin respectfully declined to seek the nomination, people should respect her wishes.

          • freenca

            Yes Ken the time wasn’t, yet, though we do desperatly need her as a reformer, and it is my opinion that her time will come. Just look what she was able to accomplish in Alaska, and could do for the Country in the future, with her vision and honesty! She’ll be a force to be reckoned with, when she gets the rest of the people behind her. They just havent realized it. A country as competitive as ours will not take second best for anyone, not a marxist!, not a communist!, not a despot!, not ever!!!!!

            • KenInMontana

              Were she to run I would vote for her, in a heartbeat.

              It’s just this whole “make her run” movement and its rabid zealots have gotten extremely, tiring. First, they extrapolated from every speech or appearance Gov. Palin made some type of coded message that she would run. Then it got worse when she said that she would think it over, when she announced she would not run, there was the screaming of “betrayal”, the pulling of hair, gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes. After that the truly delusional ones came forth, unwilling to take the Governor at her word, accept and respect her wishes, particularly after all she and her family were subjected to, with this new movement to force her to run. I just feel it is disrespectful of Gov. Palin’s wishes and if they were honestly supporters of hers, they would, acknowledge, respect, and support her decision. They do her a grave injustice in my opinion, and I see them as no different than the rabid Paul zealots we dealt with in the run up to and during the primaries.

              All that said, I agree we need new blood, those that would put the welfare of the republic above that of themselves. But those people are truly rare, and many who seem as likely of being up to the task, have other considerations and obligations or have already answered their country’s call. It is all too easy for us to sit back, and “shove” someone else out front, to anoint them “savior” and ask that they sacrifice for us, (a bit selfish as well, I think). Perhaps it is one of those moments, that we all should pause and reflect on those immortal words (yes he was a Democrat, but he was right) “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. Too few alive today remember or have actually read that speech, yes, he was flawed, as are we all, however I would encourage everyone to read that speech, given at the height of the Cold War, in a time when our nation was floundering about. Read it, read it with all of the events of our time in mind, particularly those swirling like a maelstrom about us now.

              Read it;

              Then follow it with this;

              Dwell on them a bit, and let me know how it “sets”.

              A Fellow American

              • freenca

                Thanks for the links Ken. Yes, I do remember that inaugural address, the news used to play those things without cutting them to shreds, but it’s good to review those words spoken as a statesman with unity in mind. The paper by PAINE was also a good reminder of what was put forth in the creation of and defense for our sovereign nation and why we must continue to defend our republic today. Those words should help us to shore up our resolve to protect the rights of individuals in order to keep our nation a strong beacon light in the world, when so many other are flickering as a guttering candle in the wind.

              • I think they were disrespectful of Governor Palin’s wishes, putting words into her mouth, not respecting her wish not to run and demanding her to, attacking anybody they saw as her competition who did run even if they were her friend. She’s a chill person and will be a force for many years to come.

      • John_Frank

        With great respect, this comment misses the point.

        The answers that Cheney gave in this interview concerning the VP selection were planned.

        Don’t for a minute believe that his answer was given off the cuff and that he is merely expressing his opinion.

        Since the question of who should be the VP began to circulate in early May, there has been a concerted effort by certain individuals within the Romney campaign to attack Sarah Palin and diminish her with two objectives:

        – Distinguish their VP selection process from what took place in the McCain campaign, arguing that McCain’s selection process was flawed, which is nonsense. The problem was how the McCain campaign handled the rollout.

        – Undermine Sarah Palin in an effort to justify the selection of someone like Portman or Pawlenty.

        This effort has been aided and abetted by people previously associated with the Bush presidency.

        The interview given by Cheney, which will be rebroadcast a couple of times on ABC, was the final touch in this effort.

        The quid pro quo for Cheney? If Romney is elected, his daughter Liz Cheney gets a Cabinet spot.

        Oh sure, Liz Cheney sent out a tweet distancing herself from her father, but was it sincere, or just CYA?

        The bigger problem is that it is pretty obvious that the Romney campaign has decided to embark on a strategy in which Romney says his opponent is Obama, but at the same time his surrogates will continue to attack Sarah Palin, designed to leave the impression with the moderate independent voter that Romney is neither like Obama nor Palin.

        The problem? He is running a campaign that is endorsed by GWH Bush et al, raising the question for a lot of people, what is the difference between Obama and Bush, oops I meant Romney?

        Given the antipathy towards the Republican establishment and the two Bush presidencies among movement conservatives, and conservative leaning libertarians, despite the best efforts of people like Sarah Palin to mobilize these voters, enough will either vote third party, or not vote for the Republican Presidential nominee that Obama will win.

        Why? Because the key to victory for any Republican Presidential candidate is maximizing the conservative and conservative leaning vote.

        Romney will not be able to do that while running as the establishment candidate, whose surrogates are attacking conservative leaders like Sarah Palin, with the Bush endorsement.

        Worse, the campaign will fail to persuade the moderate independents that Romney wants to vote for him to do so, because they will see that Romney is not running against Bush/Cheney, but rather wants to follow in the footsteps of Bush/Cheney/Obama, albeit with certain twists.

        While the majority of Americans now hold Obama responsible for the economy, neither G.W. Bush nor Cheney are well received by the general public.

        Of course, now that Dick Cheney has said something which Democrats believe helps their cause, being the ongoing effort to undermine conservative leaders like Sarah Palin, watch as Dick Cheney’s attack against Sarah Palin receives lots of “soft” applause.

        What is worse is that the majority of conservative bloggers and commentators have either failed or refuse to see what is going on and are not calling out Romney and his campaign for their duplicity.

        • KenInMontana

          With all due respect, why would the Romney camp be concerned with someone who has already stated publicly that they are not running? It seems you and others are reading way too much into this.

          • John_Frank

            We are going to have to agree to disagree.

        • Sure, RINOs aren’t going to vote for the ticket to defeat Obama. Conservatives know the stakes, we know Obama can’t get another term. All our leaders know that.
          Not a fan of Bush. To Mitt’s credit, there’s two BIG differences between Romney and Bush: spending and amnesty.

  • hramirez18

    the bushes back to attack, what we can expect from them? It’s time to realize that they are a cancer within the gop.

    • sjmom

      Unfortunately, it’s not just the Bushes.

    • Freempg

      The GOPe is public enemy number 1. They are to blame for Obama.

      • TaimeAgair

        Exactly. I always say the GOP is just the right wing of the Democrat party.

  • proudhispanicconservative

    Mr Cheney is this your way of helping the republicans take the country back, Mr cheney the only reason the race between the Community organizer, and a weak, and lame McCain was somewhat competitive was Sarah Palin, if she was not on the ticket there is no doubt in my mind that Mclame would’ve got beaten by a 75%, so take your Bush,establishment mentality to your retirement, your opinion hurts our cause more then if it was coming from a libtard, just shut up.

  • Susanna958

    They’ll never understand that Sarah Palin was the only reason McCain did as well as he did. No one was excited about him til he picked her.

    • Freempg

      Susanna, I disagree, “they” understand very well the support Sarah Palin has among We the Peons. To them, she is the most dangerous person on the planet.

  • Chevypowered

    SP more then proved her mettle. What more do people want from her? Seriously why do folks on the right always go on these lefty program to bash SP? Especially someone like Cheney who should understand the abuse first hand from the alphabet networks. We see on a daily basis the amount of hate he get from the left just for having the out right nerve to wake up breathing each morning yet they (Cheney and others) continue to show up saying things the lib want to hear almost believing they will be part of the cool kids?

    Newsflash Cheney THE LEFT WILL NEVER LIKE YOU, so stop being a tool for them.

  • poljunkie

    Palin rocks. I respect Cheney but quite frankly he is yesterdays news.

    Im not going to rehash Gov Palins accomplishments. But she energized Mc Cains run for the White House in 2008 and almost dragged Johnny Mc over the line.

  • exodus2011

    Sorry Dick – you are just deathly afraid of the NON-NeoCon Palin Doctrine, and the REFORM Gov Palin will bring to DC …

    how she will DISSOLVE Crony Capitalism that benefits the likes of YOU and your Cronies when she institutes a 0% Corporate Tax Rate and truly levels the playing field

    you are also AFRAID of her squashing your UNVETTED Man Mitt

    Sorry Dick – you did some good things to protect Americans last decade but the time has now come for a FRESH COOL WIND from Alaska to BLOW through DC

    Palin/West 2012


    Btw Dick, she was READY then, and she is READY NOW (read what Culverhouse said about her VETTING and whether she was *ready*

    • JELRGrandma

      Could be wrong, but I don’t think Cheney is that misinformed about the Governor. He knew very well the firestorm this would create. He is acting as a surrogate to do what the political establishment wants,destroy her influence and potential future in the GOP. They are very, very afraid. They don’t like her success ratio in picking candidates who are not their chosen ones.

      • exodus2011

        yep, I agree

        Conservatives are being treated as the enemy by the RINOs and the Establishment


    • She said explicitly she’s not running in this cycle. Respect her wishes. Mitt’s also long wrapped it up.

      • exodus2011

        Gov Palin said she would not seek the GOP Nomination via the Primary Process-however she did not rule out being involved should her name be put forward at an Open Convention

        Tampa Delegates won’t ratify Romney if he can’t get enough Conservatives on board … he is distrusted, and UNVETTED …. he is unlikley to be ratified

        • The primary process vetted him plenty and the delegates aren’t going to give it to anybody but Romney. She knows this, respect her wishes.

          • exodus2011

            Nope Romney hasn’t been vetted, and is deeply distrusted by Conservatives

            we haven’t seen his full list of Bundlers, or his Tax Returns since he left BAIN

            he also destroyed his MA Hard Drives – he will find it difficult to attract enough Conservs to his ticket to win, despite Ryan

            I think Delegates will nominate a True Conservative sure winning Ticket instead

            (did you see that longtime Romney supporter Huntsman Sr is asking him to release his Tax Returns? … I don’t think it is an idle request …)

            • So you’re wanting Romney to release his tax returns? Huh? Is Harry Reid backing you? True conservatives don’t listen to Reid. The Huntsmans don’t have credibility, they’ve always been confused Obama supporters.

              After that tough primary that’s plenty vetting.

              • exodus2011

                no, there was no vetting of Romney, no Bundlers List, only one year tax Returns, destroyed Hard Drives from MA Admin – he has a real problem with transparency

                he is distrusted and there’s good reason why

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    I doubt he would have approved of Hilary either and she was running for President. He is entitled to his opinion. I do find it interesting that there is a new energy to the Palin bashing effort from both sides and the Media. Could it be that the GOPe is really getting nervous about Tampa and the polls they are privy to? Jeb goes public for Rubio. Chris Christie goes public that now he is ready to be President. There is a disturbance in the “FORCE”!

  • JohnOfPhiladelphia

    LMAO Palin wasn’t ready?

    And what were you Dick? The creme-de-la-creme of VP picks?

    Dick Dick Dick, you dirty little RINO.

    (Disclaimer: the above are thoughts of one who is not exactly Palin’s biggest fan, but would take her as CiC over bald DICK any day of the year.)

  • Whatever about her not being or being ready then… She sure was/is ready NOW! But we got Romney instead. Sarah still has a HUGE part to play in helping shape policy and in getting true and good Conservatives voted into various offices around the country. Just mention the name Sarah Palin to a Liberal and he’ll likely start fraughting at the mouth. Why? He’ll feign anger, but in reality he’s scared of the power and the people she represents. Go Sarah!

  • sjmom

    Unfortunately the former VP does not understand that without Sarah Palin as VP McCain would NOT have received the number of votes he did, including mine. I was ready to stay home with a McCain or Obama choice and only went to the polls because of Sarah Palin. Had McCain chosen a RINO like himself he would not have had my vote.

  • anyonebutbarry2012

    Yet the GOP has no problem with christy running for pres in 2016? they have np with promoting rubio for vp . They are all hypocrites, we need a 3rd party after 2012 imo. GOP stands for nothing.

  • In 2008, Sarah Palin was more ready to be President than Obama was. In fact, the Sarah Palin of 2008 is still more qualified than Obama is with 4 years of being President under his belt.

    • Obama doesn’t so much have four years (3.5 really) under his belt…

      What he has is two months experience, twenty-one times.

      In other words, he hasn’t learned a d*mned thing.

  • nibblesyble

    I respect Cheney as well…but the problem is that he is an inside Washington guy 100 percent and anyone who is not part of that culture is not ‘ready’ enough ever for top billing in his eyes and others like him.

  • BostonBruin

    Sarah Palin’s successful endorsements are reforming the GOP and the old guard like Cheney obviously don’t like it. She’ll have the last laugh at the end of the day on Tuesday in Texas (Ted Cruz) and Georgia (Martha Zoller)!

  • 99Dual99Citizan99

    I say,” Go Sarah, go! ! ! ! ! ! ” Dick, you can go to hel%

  • Freempg

    And Obama was qualified?

    • StrangernFiction

      It’s hard to imagine Palin doing worse than GWB.

    • Probably true about Bush, I’m not a fan of him. But when the left says that, it shows they have a lot of nerve, considering they have the Kennedy, Murkowski, Biden, Reid, and Pelosi familes and their nepotism.

  • lilium479

    SP wasn’t qualified….as compared to Obama, Biden, or McCain?…….Please!
    Dick love you and your family, but how wrong could you be?

    Remember in comparison to whom? And now we find that McCain is
    on the side of the Muslim Brotherhood….I thought you were for National Security?

    • B-Funk

      LOL! So true!

  • B-Funk

    Like Cheney understands what motivates the Conservative base. He’s a RINO. And Sarah isn’t even going for VP this time, so what’s the point?

    • It was a cheap shot.

      • B-Funk

        That it was. The RINO’s are gonna eat us alive, if they can. We need to keep cleaning house. Especially if/when Mitt wins.

  • On balance, Dick Cheney is right. The last thing Romney needs is a controversial vice presidential pick. He needs a good, solid, person with a hefty amount of experience that would prove to the American people that the country would be in good hands if something happened to him. I still think governor Bobby Jindal from Louisiana would be a great pick. He has lots of experience, is very popular in Louisiana, is very smart, and is as honest as they come (a rarity from a state that was notorious for its corruption). But for some reason I think Romney will not pick him, and that would be a shame.

    • John_Frank

      Sarah Palin was more than qualified to be VP.

      Governor Palin’s Executive Accomplishments.

      Dick Cheney is wrong. Romney can not win without selecting a VP nominee that conservatives can embrace as one of their own.

      Jindal has an eligibility issue.

      If Obama wins re-election, one of the reasons will be because of the GOPe’s continued attacks on conservative/libertarian leaders like Sarah Palin.

      • Glenn Beck likes Gov. Jindal.

        • John_Frank

          A lot of constitutional conservatives believe that Governor Jindal has an eligibility issue. Yes, he was born in America. However, at the time of his birth his parents were at the time citizens of India, thus, raising the same issue that has been raised with respect to Obama’s eligibility, in that his father was born in Kenya and was a British subject at the time of Obama’s birth.

  • G_unitttt

    and Bite’me, er, Biden was ready to be president in 2008? and even today Biden is ready to be president???

  • BSScoop

    Look at this list of governors who became president. Notice how many were one termers. I don’t know why this fact wasn’t used back in 2008.

    Don’t Tread On Me

  • proudhispanicconservative


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      • proudhispanicconservative


        • B-Funk

          Good thoughts, though.

          • proudhispanicconservative

            thank you sr

  • Well…..DICK….it seems that your donated heart came from a PDSer.

    DICK is a little worried that the rabble-rousing barbarian TP’s is upsetting his precious little apple cart.

    Sucks to be you…..DICK.

  • opinionatedhermit

    George W. Bush.
    John McCain.
    Dick Cheney
    Karl Rove.
    The list can go on and on.

    These people left the Republican Party in such a pathetic disarray – that having them come back to the national stage to lecture us on who we want to be President and Vice President is pathetic.

    Sorry Dick. You get to have your opinion, I get to have mine.

    Mine says clearly that Sarah Palin was more qualified and ready to be President of the United States than Obama ever will be.

    Get it? Dick?

    • TaimeAgair

      And all the Bush(both) administration retreads are advising Romney. That’s an idea of what Romney’s presidency is going to be like. Depressing that this is our choice under the treacherous circumstances this country is in.

  • Nukeman60

    It comes down to this – Obama was not qualified nor ready to be President in ’08. But we got stuck with him anyway. Compare what Palin has done for Conservatives over the past four years to what Obama has wreaked upon our country in that timeframe. Cheney may have done some good things in his time, but his time is done. Pass the torch to your daughter, already.

    Obama is a disgrace, Sarah is a Godsend.

  • exodus2011

    This tweet from Amy Kremer-who helped lead the charge and the Landslide in 2010, Dick ….

    “VP Cheney, the #teaparty & Gov @SarahPalinUSA made 2010 happen, not the GOP. #Palin is more qualified than our current president. #tcot”

  • d1carter

    So we got Joe Biden..?

  • opinionatedhermit

    Evidently, there are still some “oil guys” around that don’t like the way Sarah battled them in Alaska……

  • 99Dual99Citizan99

    It’s the truth. Here we have a major T.V. network telling us, for whom we should vote. Oh, how low, we have sunk. I say,”give ’em hel# Sarah Palin.”

    • Freempg

      Indeed, 99, what a farce the primary/convention process has become. The networks chose McCain in 2008 for his vulnerability to Obama. Remember McCain toting his bags through a New Hampshire airport, where he won the primary on the strength of crossover Democrat primary voters? He was the underdog hero and beat Romney, after Romney, after master businessman Romney squandered $65 million.

      Now it’s Romney’s turn. He stole the primaries by buying them. HE is the candidate the Obama adminisration openly admitted was there preferred opponent. Made to order. We the Peons have no say.

    • JohnOfPhiladelphia

      The shame isn’t that they tell us who to vote for.

      The shame is that we ACTUALLY LISTEN!!!

      • 99Dual99Citizan99

        Well put JohnOfPhiladelphia. Thank you so much for your comment.

  • TaimeAgair

    I disagree with Cheney. She was governor albeit a couple years(still that is more governing experience than McCain, Biden or Obama had) and she helps run a business, but most importantly, she understands our constitution and that the government is supposed to have a limited role in our lives. And she supports the military. Those are things you cannot say about Obama.

    People criticize her about lack of foreign policy experience, but you don’t need to have an expert understanding of it, that’s why you get people to advise you. Most presidents weren’t great on foreign policy coming into office. She’s a fast learner, I think she would have been great. And a good president for that matter.

  • marketcomp

    Cheney has a set of criteria that may well be outdated. Who says the the VP has to come from politics. If could be a business man or a scholar like Thomas Soul. Cheney, I think, is stuck in a mind-set where he thinks the VP should be well schooled in politics. Well I don’t think Dan Quayle was the best VP and I am sure that Cheney had some advice in that choice. Gov. Palin was on the city council of Wasilla, a mayor 3 times, and Gov. She is very well schooled and knowledgeable about politics. You know I have never looked at Cheney as a RINO but he certainly supported and worked in administrations were republicans, once in office, did not govern conservatively in fact they governed using liberal principles, ie GWB where we recently learned about the food stamp program promoted in Mexico and to hispanic and the amnesty program that GWB tried to shove down our throats. Now I know that Sarah Palin would have never ever tried to do either one of those policies because she is a conservative and she Governs and lives that way. No one knows everything that a President goes through because its really overwhelming and many aspects are learned, such as security and CIA aspects. For Dick Cheney to say this is reprehensible because no conservative ever criticized his daughter, in fact many came to his and his families defense. So for him to say this in public is a shame!

  • It’s wasn’t Palin that wasn’t ready. It was McCain.

    • NHConservative0221

      Great line, simple and to the point.

    • marketcomp

      Awesome, Vorlath!

    • unseen1

      It wasn’t Palin that wasn’t ready. It was Bush. He allowed the biggest attack to occur on American soil since Peral Harbor. He was asleep on the job. Allowed people he had been warned about to launch an attack on the country he was leading killing 3,000+ americans. It wa sbush who wasn’t ready to deal with $4.00/gal gasoline and the impactes that that price had on our economy starting the housing crash and the wall street crash. It was bush who wasn’t ready for the fight in Iraq nor Afganistian causing the USa to be in two of the longest running wars in American history. Mr. chenney it was you and Mr. bush who weren’t ready to lead on day one or day 700. Your admin will go down in history as one of the worse failed admins. Ever.

  • FXPhillips

    Cheney has it dead wrong.

    The mistake was nominating a pseudo conservative media whore like John McCain. Palin had more executive experience than the other 3 vacillating dopes combined.

    Mc Cain was busy stabbing his party in the back every chance he got to play to his faux constituency in the MSM. He’s still doing so in his reprehensible attack on Michelle Bachmann in favor of a woman who has multiple tie to the Muslim Brotherhood. To bad that traitorous troll didn’t defend Palin as vehemently as he has defended Humma Abedin Biden made a career out of wrong decisions. Obama avoided making decisions at all.

    Not one of the above was qualified to be leader of this country.

  • Now, if he had said O wasn’t qualified, I’d agree with him. The problem wasn’t Palin, it was McCain. And why Cheney and the elder Bush and his wife are enthralled with Hilary, I’ll never know. Almost the first thing she did as Sec. of State was bad mouth Bush in another country she was visiting. I thought that was classless. She hasn’t impressed me yet. I can’t understand why Cheney’s coming out with these things. Why can’t we stick together for a change? What good does this do?

  • NHConservative0221

    Nice job by Cheney outing himself as a RINO. I think before his disgraceful comments bashing Palin that he was regarded as being more conservative. He was considered to be very good on foreign policy, an active VP who tried to steer Bush to the right.

    Well now the truth comes out. Cheney is no different than the other RINO’s who have been bashing Sarah for the last 4 years. The point is that Sarah is a real conservative, something that didn’t exist in the Bush administration.

    Given that Cheney didn’t agree with the pick of Palin, by that misguided logic he would most likely be against the pick of West, Jindal, or Ryan as VP now. Sounds like RINO Cheney would like another milquetoast RINO like Pawlenty or maybe one of his own in Portman. Yeah, that’s just what we need, another weak RINO afraid to attack Maobama!

    Thanks for nothing Dick!

  • Agreed with VP Cheney. Though Obozo wasn’t ready either. He still is not

  • MPK12

    Establishment Strikes Back

    Ignoring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s considerable executive accomplishments that are more significant than those of nearly every Republican who is mentioned as a future presidential or vice presidential candidate, former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday — on ABC’s “This Week” — said Mitt Romney should not pick another Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee, calling John McCain’s selection of her a “mistake.”

  • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

    How qualified was George Washington? A leader, Constitutionalist and patriot. Hmmm! Sounds like Sarah to me.

  • Don

    Respecting Cheney and agreeing with him is not necessarily a match. The biggest mistake the RINOs made in 2008 was selecting McCain who had absolutely no chance of beating anyone, even an incompetent rookie as Obama. With the mainstream media’s fanatical and constant barrage towards his and Bush’s administration, the stage was set for exactly what happened:one of the most incompetent and corrupt administrations in our country’s history. This at a time when our country was economically vulnerable, we elected a nightmare that is still going on today. Will our way of life be “transformed” to a socialist model with a loss of basic freedoms? That is still yet to be determined. Shut up, Dick. You had your turn.

  • NHConservative0221

    I will say this Scoop:

    Without directly mentioning any other sites, I appreciate that you take a real conservative chance in that saying she would’ve made a great President both now and in the future. Many other bloggers take RINO positions or won’t defend conservatives.

    I like the passion and outrage you show over stuff like this, I feel the same way.

    It’s refreshing to see you have a backbone and it’s a major reason this is one of my favorite sites.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Those other bloggers are playing the percentages, hoping they will be seen as smarter than the ones who express an honest opinion.

      There’s also a ridiculous tendency on the right to think only a six-foot-two, superhuman genius, in perfect health, fully masculine, with a Harvard degree, and with a full head of hair and perfect vision could ever compete with a Democrat.

      Same old, stupid, “White Knight syndrome.” It looks especially stupid when history shows some of our best leaders were people like Lincoln (who, in addition to having a mug only a Mother could love, had a high, squeaky voice), Coolidge (who didn’t have much to say), and Reagan (clearly not a lawyer from Harvard).

      • freenca

        The out-of-the-loop individuals that we’ve had as our leaders Have been the best ones, IMHO K-Bob. Just look at what those odd-man-out ones accomplished! I’d include Truman in your list as well, he rolled back so much of what FDR put in place, making it possible for our people to prosper after WWII.

  • blackbird

    Ah… the ruling class, entrenched special interest, the corrupt good ole boys establishment backroom self-servings, not to worry Mr. Cheney there is more than one way to skin a dog.

    For your reading pleasure Mr. Cheney, Sarah Palin’s considerable executive accomplishments I stole that line and link from Breitbart

    • 99Dual99Citizan99

      Good to see you here, blackbird. As Harry Truman use to say, ” Give ’em hel%.” Just love how you say,”Mr. Cheney there is more than one way to skin a dog.”

  • 99Dual99Citizan99

    Who is this guy, Dick Cheney? What right does he have? I believe, he is one of the reasons
    that we are in our current predicament,

    Hey Mr. Cheney, climb on board or are you too busy supporting the Rinos?

    • KenInMontana

      What right does he have?

      Oh, I don’t know, maybe, the 1st Amendment. Maybe the same right that you have to speak against him. Ya think?

  • Sarah Palin was the only thing that kept McCain competitive. When Sarah Palin was brought on board, the enthusiasm immediately changed.
    Where McCain had struggled to fill an arena, lines outside events featuring Palin seemed miles long.

    Polls prove, that until McCain inexplicably stepped into the media’s “erratic” narrative by trotting off to DC to “save the economy,” Sarah Palin had given the ticket a very real chance to win.
    McCain was the one who made the terrible decision to ‘suspend’ the campaign. The numbers dropped that day and never went back up.

    McCain led in one of a dozen polls before the announcement and would go on to trail in every one of the 100+ polls taken and included in the RCP average following that move.
    After the bailout vote, support for the Republican ticket collapsed.

    In Pew’s exit poll in 2008, voters who said Palin was a factor in their vote went for McCain by a whopping 56-43 margin.

    Sarah Palin energized the Party, and carried Senator McCain farther than he could have possibly gone without her.

    Sarah Palin has many years (successful) executive management experience at local, regional and state levels including command of the Alaska National Guard

  • BarbaCat

    I respect and admire Mr. Cheney as well, but I cannot agree with his assessment of Sarah Palin.

  • DebbyX

    I don’t think it was a mistake at all. She really got the Conservatives fired up. McCain got as “many” votes as he did because of her. He was such a dud, she’s the only thing that kept him from becoming a real embarrassment.

  • Terrenceor

    I think we should ask Mr. Cheney what his accomplishments were as VP. Iraq was mishandled for 3 years before it was corrected. Afganistan had been a worsening problem. The Republicans did nothing on energy until drill baby drill in ’08. Bush’s 8 yrs in office looks worse everytime there is a new revelation about how Obama took an existing bad idea from Bush and expanded it.

    If Romney was smart he would run against the Bush/Obama policies.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Old age should, in theory, bring wisdom.

    In Dick Cheney’s case it has obviously not!!

    Sarah Palin was more prepared in 2008, at age 44, to be President than Mr. Cheney ever was, IMHO!!

    Deo Volente, Palin/West 2012!!!

  • CG patriot

    Rino-itis or liberalism– pick your poison. Not surprised, Cheney is a Rino and most can’t handle a straight shooter like Sarah. ,) Sorry, my bad!

    Seriously though, this back and forth is getting old. As much as the Right talks down to Sarah– then won’t admit it as much, as they need her more. And there’s this other issue, the Tea Party. How’s that ole saying go– there’s not a big enough throat to swallow a man’s pride, and in this case for the GOPe it’s rampid. Sadly, the victory they want with Romney cannot be conquered by themselves.

    Quote from Bobby’ D: his own words in regards to Sarah; the Left is going to hate her and the Right is going to use her. As alway’s, he never misses his mark ‘ ‘ ‘ !

  • Terrenceor

    People say that Sarah is divisive. Why does the GOP establishment keep poking Sarah in the eye? If she wanted to be divisive, she would point out all of the corruption and self dealing that goes on in Washington on both sides of the isle. She is holding her fire, for now.

    • keyesforpres

      Yeah, they’re the ones being divisive by constantly bad mouthing her.

  • deTocqueville1

    I have very little respect for Cheney who is a Bushite, a consummate insider and a Ford Republican. One wonders just who would be qualified of those currently touted. While he gives no clear criteria certainly Palin was more qualified than any of them!

  • Boris_Badenoff

    Dick needs to retire from the spotlight and let his more than capable daughter advance the Cheney name, enjoy your golden years Dick..

    I’d much rather hear what Liz has to say going forward..

    • MPK12

      Liz Cheney ‏@Liz_Cheney
      Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she’s done 4 GOP.

      Good move, Liz.

      • idesign2


      • Boris_Badenoff

        Now why does that statement from Liz not surprise me…

        Intelligent lady that Liz is..

  • Rocco11

    I have to part company with Cheney on this one, that is idiotic..

  • I wish Republicans could learn to avoid the tendency to want to be seen as “smart” when talking to the press. It’s the press, after all.

    Sure, in his opinion, she wasn’t ready. I get that. Few people in our entire history have ever been so fully prepared to handle the VP slot or the Presidency as was Dick Cheney. So compared to him, almost no one is actually “ready.” He’s obviously the wrong guy to ask. He’s also totally wrong, but I can compartmentalize enough to still hold him in high regard.

    Honesty doesn’t mean you have to express every truth (as you see it). This is elemental. You have to teach your kids that, just because the guy pushing the cart in front of you is really fat, and has a beer gut hanging south of the beltline, doesn’t mean you have to express that truth, even when asked. (Select your own example if that offends–I have a beer gut, so I’m sticking with that example.) You can also wrap your opinion with qualifiers. Cheney is usually good at that. This time, he just blurted more than necessary, and gave the opposition something to use. You can also pass on the question, like a wise husband when asked by the wife if “this dress looks good.” (I always say, “I don’t know anything about ‘looks good;’ I get all my clothes from Sam’s Club and concerts, so don’t ask me.”)

    This is what I call an “own goal,” borrowing from FIFA-speak. People like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and others cannot resist the own goal if they think it makes them look “smart.” That’s pundits for you. But politicians are supposed to be MUCH better at avoiding an own goal than pundits. Bill Clinton, for example, almost twisted out of perjury by weasel-wording and spin.

    Democrats ALWAYS support the side, and rarely commit own goals. Republicans seem predestined to hand the ball to the other team, time and time again.

    No. Mental. Discipline.

    Drives us crazy. If I had to pick the one political voice in on the right that has committed the FEWEST own goals, it would be Palin. Stick that in your smokeless, electronic cigarette, and puff on it, Mr. Vice President.

    • BevWKY

      Thank you so much. I could not have said this better myself. 😉

    • p m

      Fabulous post. Thank you.

  • Liz Cheney Tweets….


    Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she’s done 4 GOP.

    • Ooo0O0ooo!


    • toongoon

      A little damage control but I’m glad she did it.

  • Cheney is a neocon and NOT a true conservative.

    Neo cons are dem lights.

    That is all.

  • TomGMS

    The only reason we like Dick Cheney is because the left hated him. Now that the left doesn’t hate him anymore…he turns out to be just like McCain. Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Barack Obama, and that’s the plain and simple truth; would that she were the nominee this time around.

  • toongoon

    The mistake was John McLame, Sarah Palin pulled in most of his votes. If the Republicans had pig piled on her they would have won!!!

    Mistake my a….

    • freenca

      Oh Toon, she was the lipstick and they were the pigs……! They can dress up, but they can’t overcome their own liberalism, huh? So they trashed and still do trash Sarah, shamefully!!

  • Donya G

    Why don’t he just keep it to himself, he’s disgusting me and I didn’t like this idiot in the first place, I know he’s one of the crooks.

  • I don’t trust the Bushies. They’re the establishment. Dubya, Jeb, Cheney, Rove, Bolton.
    Dubya was one of the reasons the Tea Party was formed, he just got lucky that Obalamer was worse.

  • aZjimbo

    I disagree with DC but just how many votes would old man loser mccain get without Sarah?

  • The sad fact is that Bush was not ready to be President in 2008. He simlpy had no clue what hit him in midterm with Nancy Pelosi and her entire entourage, and the financial slaughtering of the country that followed.

  • John_Frank
  • Palin had more executive experience than Obama by far. In fact, she was more qualified to be President than any of the other three running.
    Dick needs to take his (100% correct) advice to Pat Leahy.

  • … and is he saying Obama or Biden were more qualified? What about that nut McCain?

  • Conservative_Hippie

    Isn’t it enough that Sarah has to take it from the Left? Now she has to take it from the Right! I’m sick of Politics!!!

    I will vote in November for Mitt but my heart isn’t in it. the only way my heart would be in it is if Mitt had the cojones to pick Sarah or someone like her (a non-politician with principles) as VP!!

  • keyesforpres

    Correction: McCain was the wrong choice for the presidential slot.

    Also, after one year as the vp, Sarah would have been up to speed and would have been quite ready to handle the presidency if something had happened to McCain.

  • Ice_Man56

    So how much does the GOP’s lovechild RUBIO have in experience or Loud-mouth Christy ?
    Go ahead….Mr. Cheney respond to that with the same venom you just spat at Gov. Palin.
    I think there’s a tropical retirement Island that has your name on it,you should probably go there.before you embarress yourself any further .

  • Cindy09

    I knew that Mr Cheney had a change of heart; but now, it is really SHOWING! Dang it! The guy has a thick RINO skin. Does he realize that times have changed and that his comments come in strongly as chauvinistic and intolerant? He just threw the prestigious Culvahouse out of the boat and handed the rudder to Obama. If there was something he could have avoided, it is that kind of controversy. Now the media is going to ignore the main issue of an overreached government to rejoice on Darth Vader’s comments!

  • PFFV

    Sarah Palin is more qualified than any other politician because she is the only one that has cut government spending and cleaned up a corrupt government! Those people that try to dismiss her are fools!

    The more I pay attention to what is going on in government the more I hate it. More Rules, more regulations, more paperwork, more unemployment, more taxes, more lies, more deception, more racism, more bribes, more green energy scams, more fast and furious, more punishing the energy producers, more uncertainty about our future. Vote Romney!

    • freenca

      They are scared as heck of her just BECAUSE we out here in voter land See in her what WE WOULD LIKE to see in our leaders!!

  • John_Frank
  • TLaMana

    If McCain would have taken the reins off of Palin he would be up for re-election today.

  • aintthispeachy

    Well Dick just one question would he have gotten more votes with her or without her?

    Had she not been on the ballot that pathetic, reach across the aisle, big government progressive, which I had to hold my nose to vote for would have lost by 30%

  • John_Frank

    Jedediah Bila ‏@JedediahBila
    Anyone arguing we need a VP choice less like Palin & West and more like Portman & Jeb Bush is out of touch w/ voters. And reality.

  • Northpaw

    VP Cheney lost me when he endorsed gay marriage. It carries no weight with me that his daughter is a lesbian and she is married to her “wife”. To use that as an excuse or basis for arriving at moral principles is sophistry.

    Imagine a former VP whose son was a deserter from the army during wartime, making the case that desertion shouldn’t be considered a crime. I like Dick Cheney and read his book “In My Time” and found myself in accordance with just about all of his precepts and was especially in agreement with his plea to President George W Bush that the latter grant a complete pardon to Cheney’s falsely convicted aid Scooter Liddy. That Bush didn’t do so remains a stain on his moral record.

  • John_Frank

    Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit on Cheney’s own goal:

    It’s True. The GOP Would Have Had A Better Chance If She Had Been On Top Of The Ticket. Cheney: Picking Palin for VP was a ‘mistake.’

    She probably wouldn’t have panicked like McCain did: “Before TARP failed as policy, it first failed as politics, with John McCain’s panicky announcement — Sept. 24, 2008 — that he would fly back to Washington to push for passage of the bailout. As I explained two weeks later, this was the decision that ensured Obama’s election.” McCain was in the lead from Palin’s selection until then. Then he tanked, and never recovered.

  • McCain was and still is a progressive GOP Establishment RINO to the core, for which Gov. Sarah Palin brought Conservative life into his dying campaign. If not for her, his campaign would have been buried far deeper than it was.

    The fact is that before the housing and banking crisis imploded, McCain/Palin ticket were ahead in the polls of Obama.. But the crisis that the liberals created that finally imploded on Bush’s watch, caused the voters to react to Obama’s blame Bush and thus run against Bush policy tactics against McCain worked, who voted in the radical anti-American Obama as US President, which always happens when despots take advantage of an economic crisis, or any crisis in an election, which we are now faced with having to remove from absolutely destroying America as we know it for the past 236 years. 

    The Bush’s and Cheney’s are the leaders and face of the GOP RINO establishment, who have nothing but utter and absolute contempt for Ronald Reagan, who would never have even been elected to the US Presidency if not for Ronald Reagan picking GHW Bush for his VP in 1980, which was the only reason why the Conservative Reagan voters voted for the Bush’s in 1988 and 2000 in both the Primaries and General elections, was because of that connection to Ronald Reagan and Reagan Conservatism. That was one of the few mistakes Reagan ever made in his political career, picking Bush as his VP. Why, because progressive RINO’s have no gratitude, respect, appreciation, or loyalty to anyone who is not progressive like them, just like the Obamacrats.

    GOP Establishment RINO progressivism is all bout big govt, and spend spend spend to make it bigger and bigger to keep that govt tax payer money trough open and flowing into their coffers, pockets, and their crony ally’s pockets, forever. They could care less about putting the US Constitution and America first. To them, they and their power, control, and the GOP political party establishment apparatus come first. Sound familiar..

    It’s time conservative media stop paying homage those, ie; the Bush’s, Cheney’s, and their GOP Establishment RINO ilk, who seek the absolute demise of Reagan, Reagan Conservatism, and any and all Reagan Conservatives, ie; the Reagan Tea Party folks of America.

    • kong1967

      Not only did the crisis implode on Bush’s watch, the liberals planned it that way. Bush had been warning about the ticking time bomb for years and the Democrats fought tooth and nail to keep anyone from touching the CRA or the banks. Then they timely came forward right before the election to say the world was going to collapse in three days and it was Bush’s fault. Nah, that wasn’t planned (wink wink). Yet they got away with it.

      They may claim that Reagan economics are dead, but it’s still alive among us. We will keep voting out the establishment that keeps governing in a non-conservative manner. Now, we just have to find another Reagan to carry the message.

      • And on top of it all, they never actually fixed the banking crisis. Buncha’ weasels.

        • kong1967

          Yeah, Dodd/Frank was a joke and exempted the problem banks. Big fat freaking liars claimed it solved the problem.

          Dems want a second CRA, only stronger. I didn’t get to see the show, but Rush said they are gearing up to do it all over again.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      I am so frustrated with the bush people injecting themselves in politics, when they in my mind started the mess this president is there to finish. I just dont want to see these people anymore. But unfortunately the way I see it Cheney is working to have Obama reelected so Jeb bush can run in 2016. I pray to god that doesnt happen because the establishment will jump on the Jeb Bush wagon, but I hope we have learned from our mistakes and will not elect another bush anywhere, I live in florida and know who Jeb Bush is another Big government republican.

    • J8275jp

      TeaPartyReaganConservative –

      I couldn’t have said it better, great post!

  • Cheney is a nice guy, but the idea that he is some kind of conservative is just a joke. He is a Bushy Rino.

  • kong1967

    I also like Cheney, but this is more bullcrap about blaming Palin for McCain’s loss. McCain lost because of himself, and Palin was the only umph in his campaign that attracted voters at all.

    What hurt was McCain throwing her to the dogs knowing it was a setup and the MSM would try to make her look bad. Yet, he wouldn’t let her be interviewed on Fox or any conservative radio program. McCain is an idiot. He holds more contempt for the right than he does for the enemies of this country….the far left.

    • I think McCain used to be a watch dog but now he is just a lap dog. He’s far too friendly with Hillary and her Muslim Brotherhood connected aide. McCain started as a reformer and soon lost the fire in his belly. Palin did not deserve the blame. It was Rudy and McCain that conspired on how they could destroy Mitt. Additionally, Huckabee staying in did not help and Paul refusing to endorse and encouraging his base to defect by pushing Nader and McKinney guaranteed that Obama would win. Mitt was it in 2008 and will be in 2012.

      • kong1967

        I never thought I would say it, but I’m actually starting to like Romney. Whether it will last or not is yet to be seen, lol. But I will never like McCain…and it appears we will never be able to get rid of him until he retires or dies. He is way too eager to work with the left at times he shouldn’t, and he will never work with the solid right.

        • I’ve always “liked” Romney. I was always comfortable with the thought of him as a decent executive sitting in the Oval Office. Same with George W. Bush, really (“W” was terribly statist, but very good as an administrator).

          It’s just that we really needed someone different at this time. We won’t get that person, so we’re stuck with a basically decent guy who isn’t going to do what we really, desperately need, with regard to Restoration. Instead, he’s going to get out the band aids, change some rules to fix a few glitches, and probably continue the Republican tradition of desperately appealing to the press for favorable reviews (maybe we’ll get lucky there, who knows).

          I’ll be quite happy with most of what he does as President, I’m sure. Sort of like being “happy” that at least the town council finally votes to repair the old fire truck, so you have at least one in working order; though you know that truck by itself is not good enough to handle any actual fire downtown, and a new one is desperately needed.

          • kong1967

            That’s basically what I’m expecting out of Romney. He needs to get the momentum of shrinking government going in the opposite direction. I don’t expect him to have the debt problem solved overnight or even in his first term. Things have to be done over time, anyway. For instance, you can’t just shut down half the government agencies immediately and just wait for the fallout. You can’t just cut off 80% of the welfare recipients without there being massive fallout. You have to make changes to work them all off of it….like create more jobs and start pushing off the ones that really shouldn’t be on it and then work your way down.

            I argued with a guy here that thinks you can make all the changes immediately and screw the people that get dropped on their heads….including the elderly who paid into SS their entire lives. Problem is, that’s millions and millions of people. I’m not really looking forward to the massive increase in crime and the 75 people digging through my garbage every night.

            Lol, sorry about the veer.

            • Yeah, you can’t turn the ship around instantly. It took all the years from Woodrow Wilson to Obama to get in this mess. It’ll take five years just to slow down the continuing damage. I doubt any Republican will have the nads to drop the EPA or Dept. of Education. Romney sure won’t do it.

              • kong1967

                True, but what Republican would? Seriously. That’s going to take some balls of steel, so who do you believe would do it? West, probably. Palin, maybe. We will hit massive opposition and be demonized for wanting our kids to get lead poisoning, wanting dirty water and air, wanting our lakes to be filled with chemicals by dirty plants, wanting our kids to grow up without an education, and etc.

                We’re going to have to strengthen our candidates and our Congress so we can actually get that done.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Only because of palin was he somewhat competitive.

      • kong1967


      • Yep. McPain was a “me too” type and incompetent, he would’ve lost a whole lot worse without Sarah.

        • proudhispanicconservative


  • buzzkill59

    Palin wasn’t ready to be VICE president but butthead Obama gets elected as president!Sheesh!

  • Did y’all catch that Liz Cheney tweeted a dissent from her father’s opinion?

    Good on you, Liz. The problem in the 2008 cycle was that we had a nominee who fit the permanent political class’s mold of being the “right kind of candidate” but did not fit the leadership mold. He did not attack Obama on the issues or his background. He did not make the case for why he should have won. He even said we would have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency.

    Governor Palin, unlike the others on the top ticket, had actual executive experience. She had a record of action, not promises. Of results, not empty speeches.

    So to suggest she wasn’t ready to be VP is just silliness.

    • John_Frank

      With respect, and upon reflection, I believe that we are being naive.

      Follows is Firelight’s take on Cheney’s tweet:

      Um… I’m still skeptical. I agree that it was a nice and classy thing to do but sincere? not sure… I think Daddy is trying to secure a Cabinet position for his little girl. This seems a bit of trying to have your cake and eat it too. Let’s trash Palin but we don’t want to alienate her supporters and base because we need them so daddy will do the trashing and daughter will give out warm fuzzies. Let’s see if they are dumb enough to fall for it… Honestly, almost anyone in America is more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. How about tweetingthat Gov. Palin was qualified to be POTUS in 2008 or that she is just as qualified as Mittens if not more and with a far better record to be POTUS in 2012. THAT would make me think Liz is sincere. Saying Palin is more qualified than Obama/Biden combined is like saying Mitt is more conservative than Pelosi, duh…

      I encourage people to read her entire analysis, which can be found in the monologue in this post:

      Gold Medal Monday

      • It’s entirely possible. I have fairly positive feelings about Liz Cheney… but she IS a Cheney so maybe I’m being too generous in giving her the benefit of the doubt.

        And Firelight is incredibly savvy so I’ll have to take her opinion and analysis and give this further thought.

        • John_Frank

          Trust but verify is the safest course.

          Let us see how the situation unfolds.

          Also McCain, during his interview on Fox & Friends this morning, put zero stock in Liz Cheney’s tweet.

          I know that a lot of people do not have the highest regard for the Senator, but he has been in the political trenches for a long time and likely has forgotten more about “dirty tricks” then we will ever know.

  • John_Frank

    Dick Cheney just scored a goal on his own team, while helping to undermine Sarah Palin, the person that Democrats fear the most, along with confirming that Romney’s strategy is to run against Sarah Palin and Barrack Obama in the general election with someone like Bob Portman or Tim Pawlenty as his VP nominee.

    Now watch as Democrats applaud what Cheney said, the same individual they previously despised, because he has now crossed over and is helping to re-elect their guy, as the course that Romney has embarked on will most likely ensure Obama’s re-election despite the best efforts of grass roots conservative leaders like Sarah Palin to defeat Obama.

    What is troubling is that most “conservative” commentators and bloggers refuse to see what is going on and are unwilling to call out Cheney, the Republican establishment, Romney and his campaign.

    • I’ll have to agree with Ken here, and point out that Cheney in no way “attacked” anyone.

      It was an “own goal,” for sure. With Republicans, like I often say: it’s like watching a guy walk up stairs, who keeps stepping on his own necktie.

      • John_Frank

        We will have to disagree.

        To suggest that Cheney just happened to answer a question? Sure.

        Senator McCain, accompanied by Senator Ayotte, during an interview on Fox & Friends in response to Cheney’s “opinion” treated Cheney’s remarks as an attack on Sarah Palin and himself.

        In his response, while he did not say a lot, he made it crystal clear, that enough is enough. The attacks on Palin concerning her selection as VP need to stop now. He also was not impressed with Liz Cheney’s “tweet.”

        IMHO Senator McCain drew a line in the sand and said no more.

        Three observations:

        – Romney best reign in his surrogates, which includes Dick Cheney, members of the Bush establishment and some of Romney’s advisers who have gone out of their way to “slag” Palin and so insult McCain.

        – Romney needs to do the right thing by Palin, the convention and a prime time speaking slot, allowing her to give the speech that she feels is necessary.

        If not, and Romney persists on the present course of stiff arming Palin et al, I honestly believe that all h*ll will break loose.

        Of course I could be all wet.

        Time will tell.

        • Oh, McCain is famous for slapping back at anyone who disses him in any way. And I think Cheney is entitled to his wrong, easily refuted opinion. But even his status as a Bushie doesn’t mean what he said was an “attack.”

          It was an own goal, pure and simple. Dumb. Easily avoidable, even for a guy who is struggling with health and age.

          • John_Frank

            One quick thought. Interesting how two people can look at the same set of facts and reach very different conclusions.


            • Yep! Cheers, John!

  • toongoon

    You know, couldn’t Cheney have used some of that interview time to say that obama was not qualified to be president and he’s proven it for four years?

    Cheney is sharp and is words are well thought out. There is a reason that he made this seemingly off the cuff remark. Is he trying to discredit her before the convention or is it more to discourage the Tea Party? Could it be even more sinister, he is after all, a globalist.

  • toongoon

    Sarah Palin makes our jobs too hard, she thinks we should read the Constitution and understand legislation before we vote on it. Maybe that was the way congress did it a long time ago but now it is so much easier to have somebody just tell us what to vote for.
    She also tends to fire up people who think we are employed by them to protect their rights, making our job even more difficult. Who wants somebody like that around?

    While we appreciate Palin helping us get reelected to our seats in 2010, she also brought in a bunch of idealistic new congressmen who we had to force rethinking on.

    It’s a lot of work in our old age, after all this time we know how to pass laws, I mean, golly, most of us have been here for decades and we don’t really want to retire when we are getting these exclusive perks and payoffs, and walking back and forth from our office to sessions gives us the exercise we wouldn’t get if we stayed at home in retirement.

  • Idahoser

    He’s not wrong, but if you take it in context, she was the most qualified of any of the candidates for president in ’08.

  • klaffner

    Palin was over matched by the process, the campaign, and the stakes. She did not prepare properly. These days she continues to pretend that she is smarter than she really is. You can see it in the vocabulary she uses. It is like she gets a word of the day and then uses it in a sentence, then goes on Fox and says that sentence.

    • TheresaAK

      Your messiah, baracky milhouse obama, wants you to go buy a “thingy ma jig” to fix your furnace…better get to it,…your king has ordered it so…

    • Helpful hint: if you want to rag on someone for being unintelligent, try to write as though you aren’t struggling with vocabulary.

  • I have to agree with Scoop here. I will take it a step further and that “WE The People” need to stop letting the good o;’ boy politicians convince us of who is qualified and who isn’t.

    • marketcomp

      Here Here, Laurel!

  • notebene

    Cheney is typical establishment GOP. They are as frightened of Palin as the liberals! Palin would have been an excellent VP and she would have made McCain toe the line, something else that scares the h e l l out of the establishment Beltway crew. I doubt Romney will choose anyone as conservative or controversial as Palin. Romney is way too establishment GOP to make that kind of gutsy call. All we true conservatives can hope for is that the VP pick is not a RHINO.

  • FutureOnePercent

    If time in the Political Macine is the basis we are using the determine if someone is ready to be President, God help us all.

  • Northpaw

    VP Cheney lost me when he endorsed gay marriage. It carries no weight with me that his daughter is a lesbian and she is married to her “wife”. To use that as an excuse or basis for arriving at moral principles is sophistry.

    Imagine a former VP whose son was a deserter from the army during wartime, making the case that desertion shouldn’t be considered a crime. I like Dick Cheney and read his book “In My Time” and found myself in accordance with just about all of his precepts and was especially in agreement with his plea to President George W Bush that the latter grant a complete pardon to Cheney’s falsely convicted aid Scooter Liddy. That Bush didn’t do so remains a stain on his moral record.

  • Cheney is just jealous because she can handle and aim a rifle better… much better… Than he can. 🙂

    • Thank God it was only bird shot.

  • marketcomp

    So now I see that Cheney will not be attending the Republican convention along with GWB, GHWB, and maybe Jeb Bush. Ok so Cheney says something totally dissing Sarah Palin and then he decides to not attend the convention? Oh excuse us for fighting back! Its definitely a new day for conservatives Mr. VP. They create stupid policies, pass them and then they don’t want to held accountable! Well, good ridance and no thanks for paving the way for Obama who expanded many of the Bushs policies.

  • FreeManWalking

    Scoop, as usual I am in agreement with your comments. I admired Cheney and Rumsfeld and think their input had much to do with keeping us safe in the war on terror, but I think Cheney is off base with his assessment of SP.

    The only way he could have somewhat strengthened his argument opinion would have been to add that “With that said she still would have made a better president than Oboma, because he doesn’t have a clue”.

  • llsmith50

    and yet obama was?

  • llsmith50

    and yet obama was?

  • I respect Mr Cheney, God knows their time in office was a horrific time for them and the nation, but he could have used a term of respect. Not sure why he didn’t, but some other term of endearment would have been expected from Mr Cheney.
    Mr McCain and the republican party without Gov.Palin would have been a well done plated fish before he’d had a chance to make a ripple in the lake of voters.
    My best to VP Cheney and his family, thanks goes to him for his service and dedication to protecting America from her Muslim ememies, foreign and domestic.
    Sorry but It takes more than a slip of thought for me to abandon one of our 9-11-01 heroes, especially while “We The People” still have an on going war with the rad-muslim [email protected]@rds, who kill our men and women everyday, so no, no I don’t give up the troop very easily.

    Remember patriots if not for obama and the democrats , we would be hearing what a great hero VP Chaney and our troops are, but with this present scourg in government we see to much, too differently.

    tea party patriot
    semp fi
    sorry scoop wasn’t wanting to break the rules but sometimes being humble isn’t possible.