Skip to comments.Former US veep Mondale accuses Cheney of power grab
Posted on 07/29/2007 11:39:58 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Former US veep Mondale accuses Cheney of power grab Jul 29 02:01 PM US/Eastern Vice President Dick Cheney has presided over an unprecedented power grab during his six years in the White House, former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote in a rare, scathing critique Sunday.
Mondale, the former number two to Democratic President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, in an opinion piece appearing Sunday in the Washington Post newspaper, fingered Cheney as the chief transgressor in a White House guilty of "great excess" and "exceeding its authority."
He wrote that since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, "Cheney set out to create a largely independent power center in the office of the vice president."
"His was an unprecedented attempt not only to shape administration policy but, alarmingly, to limit the policy options sent to the president," he wrote, calling the George W. Bush administration "seriously off track" in the unprecedented amount of power it has ceded to Cheney.
"Through his vast government experience, through the friends he had been able to place in key positions and through his considerable political skills, he (Cheney) has been increasingly able to determine the answers to questions put to the president -- because he has been able to determine the questions," Mondale continued.
In particular, many of the policy positions Cheney has pushed through on handling terror suspects and the domestic use of intelligence "have proved offensive to the values of the constitution and have been embarrassingly overturned by the courts."
Mondale also slammed "Cheney's zealous embrace of secrecy" and his "near total aversion to the notion of accountability" to the public and Congress.
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Don’t recall... did he accuse Reagan of a power grab as well??
Who? Oh yeah I guess he was the VP...At least he got paid, I just can’t name anything he did.
They were BOTH number twos, in the excremental sense.
Visibly not true. If Cheney had as much control as is stated in this article, I believe there would have been fewer mistakes made from “trying to get along” with the opposition.
If the VP has any power or role at all, other than providing over the Senate, it is because the President trusts him, takes his advice and has chosen to delegate authority to him.
Any authority the VP has is therefore by definition the President's power and not his own. GWB could strip him this afternoon of all authority other than that provided by the Constitution, if he so chose.
Good gravy. That doesn’t say much for minnesota does it?
How strange! Just the other day I was sitting around contemplating the end of civilization as we know it and It occurred to me man why am I concerned I’m sure they will check out what Walter Mondale thinks about the subject.
He ran for the US senate in Minnesota and lost to a Republican.
Well at least unlike Algore, Mondale did win his home state.
And he couldn’t even win Massachusetts.
What a Mondale!
Hey, Walty, Jealous much?
I think he tried to kill NASA, and helped sabotage the US military too.
Oh, and tried to tax our @sses off.
WHINY, too! I could never stand his voice!
Really? The 6th Circuit Court just booted the ACLU's lawsuit against the NSA's program.
Mondale is outright lying. That's disgusting!