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!
Oh shut up Walter you old brontosaurus
I still can’t believe Minnesota went against Reagan.
It seems downright unamerican.
Washington DC, I can believe.
Yeah by a couple thousand votes...and please remember what happened in Minnesota in 2006.
I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Mondale is the only major party candidate of either party to ever lose an election in every state.
Nah, Walter, VP Cheney is loathe to share information with Congress because he doesn't want to see it splattered all over the front page of the NY Times and the Washington Post the following day, OR end up in the hands of our enemies, via diplomatic pouch.
Now I remember, they were called Fritz and Grits.
I have reached the breaking point with every single one of these traitors and their increasingly insane comments. As Ann Coulter counters in “Godless”: “Democrats took the position that the spokesperson immunized the message from criticism, no matter how vicious or insane it was.”
Not me! If you want to sling mud, expect rocks in return. If you throw rocks, be prepared for grenades.
Mondale is an traitor and a loser - a traitor for attempting to overthrow the government and a lose - well it is obvious.
Make no mistake - the 2006 election was a vote for a coup d’etat. If these traitors aren’t stopped, there will be anarchy and civil war - not in Iraq, but here at home.
another one that should be getting a visit from the FBI. The Administration doesn’t do itself any favors by letting these leftists get away with sedition in the press.
Oh yea, one other thing... the current administration is working to get back the authority granted by the U.S. Constitution - something it should have never lost - authority your former boss, being the weakling that he was/is/always will be, readily gave away to the Legislative and Judicial branches.
Now don't you have a pep rally funeral to attend somewhere in the world? Don't go to it being mad... just go to it.
Mondale is funny.
Now I suppose Old Geraldine will be on TV talking about her cancer. Another, totally defrocked Dem crook who won’t shut up.
I have never seen a Democratic candidate seek Mondale’s endorsement.
I’ve never seen him standing on a candidates platform, hands raised high.
He’s invisible during Demcratic National Conventions for the Presidency.
NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR HIM SAY ANYTHING.
Same goes for Dukakis. Both these guys were sent down the river to never never land a long time ago.
Wait, there’s a third guy that all Democratic candidates avoid being seen with at all costs of losing their election - Jimmy Carter.
The only folks who ever want to hear from them are Katie or the wackos at the Post (or NYT).
Obviously Carter didn’t trust him the way Bush trusts Cheney... If a person like Carter didn’t trust his fellow commie, it probably says much about Mondale.
Walter who????????? Now, there’s a whisper from the grave...where it belongs. Carbon copy of his moron boss. More pants-wetting in public. Pitiful jerk!!!
Mondale. Mondale? Didn’t his daughter serve under Bill Clinton for several minutes at a time?
Two things about Cheney. First of all, he was a CEO. He knows how to make decisions and get things done. The second is that Cheney is probably the least visible Vice President we’ve had since... Mondale?
Minnesota apologizes to all of you for Walter.
Don’t hate us.
I thought he was dead Walter Mondale I am serious
BTW you be acting crazy if you got your a*** kick by Warner Bros actor in 1984 elections
Mundale does have the title of the Most Lame VP ever. World Leaders would request he not attend their Funerals.
Pray for W and Our Troops
I know that Reagan said this about Jimmy but he nailed this bunch of losers.
Mondale? Oh you mean Walter “Landslide” Mondale.
Thanks for the map showing Minnesota in bright red! Of course Mondale was a native-son and all. However, how many here know that he only won the state by about 2 percentage points?
I think Mondale was a victim of a power grab—in some men’s room.
perhaps it would be MONDALE
No, more needs to be said like he lost Minnesota in 2002 making hima loser in all 50 states!
LOL! Yes, Mr. Mondale, your brand of ‘leadership’ was repudiated overwhelmingly by the American public, in that historic landslide that (we thought) closed the book on the weasels of the Carter-Mondale era. The fact that we have to see the spectacle of you and your peanut-brained former president grossly violating the long-established tradition of quiet bi-partisanship in former VPs and Ps shows once again that you and Jimmy are not worth a bucket of warm spit. Oh, wasn’t that what someone once said about the VP job? Maybe they just had you in mind, Mondale......
They were BOTH number twos, in the excremental sense.
They were BOTH number twos, in the excrement sense.
Now the spelling is corrected.