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Newsweek: Why Dick Cheney Should Run in 2012
Newsweek ^ | December 7, 2009 | Jon Meacham

Posted on 12/01/2009 12:59:43 PM PST by caddystacks

I think we should be taking the possibility of a Dick Cheney bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 more seriously, for a run would be good for the Republicans and good for the country. (The sound you just heard in the background was liberal readers spitting out their lattes.)

Why? Because Cheney is a man of conviction, has a record on which he can be judged, and whatever the result, there could be no ambiguity about the will of the people. The best way to settle arguments is by having what we used to call full and frank exchanges about the issues, and then voting. A contest between Dick Cheney and Barack Obama would offer us a bracing referendum on competing visions.

One of the problems with governance since the election of Bill Clinton has been the resolute refusal of the opposition party (the GOP from 1993 to 2001, the Democrats from 2001 to 2009, and now the GOP again in the Obama years) to concede that the president, by virtue of his victory, has a mandate to take the country in a given direction.

A Cheney victory would mean that America preferred a vigorous unilateralism to President Obama's unapologetic multilateralism, and vice versa

No one foresaw Cheney's reemergence as a force in the politics of the 21st century until it happened. So perhaps the pattern is set, a pattern of insistent denial of interest—until it turns out that, hey, he is interested.

Cheney's memoirs are due to be published—and thus due to be promoted—in the spring of 2011, not long before the caucuses and primaries begin. I'll bet you that the Barnes & Noble in Des Moines (there's a big one at The Shoppes at Three Fountains) is on the book tour

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1 posted on 12/01/2009 12:59:43 PM PST by caddystacks
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To: caddystacks

Dick Cheney should not run for President. I like him right where he is. He is free to say what he wants about the current TURD in the White House. He is providing an invaluable service to this nation by exposing Osbama as the empty suit he really is.


2 posted on 12/01/2009 1:04:39 PM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: caddystacks

Why: so we can have 4 more years of Obama. I am sure News Week really wants Cheney as President.


3 posted on 12/01/2009 1:04:46 PM PST by Sarah-bot (Palin or Communism -- You decide.)
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To: caddystacks

Top Ten Cheney 2012 Slogans

10. “Yeah, I’m a compassionate conservative. I let you live, didn’t I?”

9. “The Secret Service’s new job? Protecting other world leaders from me.”

8. “I’ll crush all enemies foreign & domestic. Then I’ll figure out a goal for Week Two.”

7. “I shot a guy in the face and he apologized to me.”

6. “Democrats will need Universal Health Care after I’m through with them.”

5. “Want to see world leaders bowing? Oh, they’ll bow alright.”

4. “Do what I say or I’ll have my daughter kick your $*%.”

3. “On my World Apology Tour, I won’t be the one apologizing.”

2. “I never had a heart attack. I just stopped it a few times to show it who was boss.”

1. “Vote for me. Or not. Like I give a *!#& what you do.”


4 posted on 12/01/2009 1:05:25 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: LeonardFMason

Palin/ Cheney 2012 (Liz?)


5 posted on 12/01/2009 1:05:31 PM PST by caddystacks
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To: caddystacks

The problem is his heart. As much as I admire the man’s politics (so far as I know them, anyway), his health will kill any hopes for office for the people who consider such things important.


6 posted on 12/01/2009 1:05:41 PM PST by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: caddystacks

And maybe Joe Lieberman can run as an Independent, splitting the lib-tard vote, and handing the presidency to Cheney.


7 posted on 12/01/2009 1:05:48 PM PST by bw17 (D)
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To: caddystacks

Cheney is the one person who can draw more fire than Sarah, and it would be fun, but it isn’t going to happen. His heart doesn’t need the aggravation.


8 posted on 12/01/2009 1:06:11 PM PST by pallis
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To: caddystacks
President Obama's unapologetic multilateralism

How about Obama's "apologetic to the point of groveling at the feet of other nations" multilateralism.

9 posted on 12/01/2009 1:07:17 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Obamalaise - the new mood for America.)
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To: Sarah-bot

I’m not so sure Obama would win. The biggest drawback to a Cheney run is his heart condition which would be flayed constantly in the press. Cheney would rip Obam to shreds in debate though. Anyone who has ever watched Cheney in action should either be awed (conservatives) or terrified (liberals).


10 posted on 12/01/2009 1:07:53 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: FormerACLUmember

LOL! Cheney in 2012!


11 posted on 12/01/2009 1:08:09 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: caddystacks
Newsweak always has the best interests of conservatives at heart.
12 posted on 12/01/2009 1:08:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

LOL! That’s great. Where did you get it?


13 posted on 12/01/2009 1:09:10 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: caddystacks

with Huckabee gone, the Media has to annoint a new GOP nominee.


14 posted on 12/01/2009 1:13:26 PM PST by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: caddystacks

Never happen if only for health reasons, but wouldn’t a real debate between Cheney and Soetoro the Kenyan be an awesome pay-per-view event.


15 posted on 12/01/2009 1:15:20 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Sarah-bot
Maybe Cheney bought Newsweek :)
16 posted on 12/01/2009 1:16:26 PM PST by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: caddystacks
IMO, the major reason for Cheney speaking so forcefully is the absolute reticence of George W. Bush to defend his policies.

This failure has left a vaccuum in this nation's political discourse.

Sadly, Dubya followed in his father's footsteps, by fading away without a fight.

17 posted on 12/01/2009 1:18:19 PM PST by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: YankeeReb
People worry about Cheney's heart, but after in a debate, Cheney would rip Obama’s heart from his chest and eat it as an hors d’oeuvre.
18 posted on 12/01/2009 1:19:22 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: caddystacks; annyokie; Fraulein; MaryFromMichigan; nicksaunt; snugs; JustaCowgirl; ArmyBratCutie; ..
No. We need Richard Bruce Cheney to be president right now. Can't Ozero be impeached or found to be ineligible or something?


19 posted on 12/01/2009 1:19:38 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (G-d Bless President Bush. He kept us safe.)
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To: caddystacks

No. Good Lord, no. And I’m one of his biggest fans. The heart trouble alone would be a legitimate reason to vote against him.


20 posted on 12/01/2009 1:19:44 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (We're right! We're free! And we'll fight! And you'll seeeeeeee!)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Where can I buy the bumper stickers—all of them?!


21 posted on 12/01/2009 1:21:34 PM PST by MissNomer
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To: caddystacks

Interesting reasoning by the author and, I think, right on target. The Republicans need to offer a clear alternative to Obama, regardless who the nominee is. The biggest danger is that the party nominates a lackluster candidate (normal against an incumbent) with Obama-lite views and fails to take advantage of the dynamics in the voter pool.....

hh


22 posted on 12/01/2009 1:22:46 PM PST by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: Cinnamon Girl
He looks like a president to me!


23 posted on 12/01/2009 1:24:41 PM PST by caddystacks
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To: caddystacks

Cheney would lose and that’s why Newsweek wants him to run.


24 posted on 12/01/2009 1:29:56 PM PST by TheThinker
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To: caddystacks

I said it before, I’ll say it again... if there’s a massive attack on this country in the next two years, Cheney will run and Cheney will win. I love Palin, but if we’re attacked, America is going to be begging for a leader like Cheney.

And Newsweak should be careful what they wish for. The only conceivable way I could ever feel sorry for Zero is if he had to go against Dick Cheney in a debate.


25 posted on 12/01/2009 1:30:48 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

A'll be bach?


26 posted on 12/01/2009 1:31:45 PM PST by McGruff (We're Going Rogue Baby!)
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To: caddystacks
Howz about Cheney/Cheney 2012 ?

Now THAT could be an "historic" Administration, too

27 posted on 12/01/2009 1:32:14 PM PST by digger48
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To: saganite

I think Pallis said it best. Cheney would draw more fire than Sarah Palin and you see how many “conservatives” get cold feet over the fire Sarah draws. Also, Cheney is a political insider and the only thing you would hear about is Halliburton. It is hypocritical for the left to criticize Cheney over government contracts, but that has never stopped them before. I want a fresh face. Sarah still has a fresh face, but it won’t be fresh after 2012. After 2012 I will look for new inspiration. I am open to someone else, but someone else will have to lay his track record on the table and not just try to sell me talking points.


28 posted on 12/01/2009 1:32:36 PM PST by Sarah-bot (Palin or Communism -- You decide.)
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To: digger48

Which one is on top?


29 posted on 12/01/2009 1:36:06 PM PST by Sarah-bot (Palin or Communism -- You decide.)
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To: hoosier hick
The Republicans need to offer a clear alternative to Obama, regardless who the nominee is.

That's one of the reasons Sarah Palin resonates with folks. She is the walking, talking, total polar opposite to the Kenyan and his warped ideology

30 posted on 12/01/2009 1:36:06 PM PST by digger48
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To: Sarah-bot

He could become Palin’s secretary of Defense. The libs will have apoplexy!


31 posted on 12/01/2009 1:38:34 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: saganite; trisham
I lost track where I stole that, but here is more:


32 posted on 12/01/2009 1:38:40 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: MissNomer

see 32.


33 posted on 12/01/2009 1:40:08 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Sarah-bot
Which one is on top?

Would it matter?

I mean, if you really get down to it?

I think Liz is gonna run for something......she's out there on almost a weekly basis now.

Seen more of her in the past 6 months, than the last 8 years prior.

And I gots to tell you, I really really like what I see.

34 posted on 12/01/2009 1:42:36 PM PST by digger48
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To: caddystacks
They're still trying to pick our candidate for us and derail the Palin juggernaught.

Sorry guys. Thanks but no thanks.
35 posted on 12/01/2009 1:43:24 PM PST by Antoninus (The RNC's dream ticket: Romney / Scozzafava 2012)
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To: caddystacks
Chaney could not even influence Bush to veto any of those outrageous spending bills Bush dutifully signed from the Dem House...or...Chaney didn't care.

Chaney has all the baggage of Bush either way.

36 posted on 12/01/2009 1:47:56 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: caddystacks
One of the problems with governance since the election of Bill Clinton has been the resolute refusal of the opposition party (the GOP from 1993 to 2001, the Democrats from 2001 to 2009, and now the GOP again in the Obama years) to concede that the president, by virtue of his victory, has a mandate to take the country in a given direction.

Congress in 1994 didn't have a mandate?

You lost me there.

37 posted on 12/01/2009 1:54:22 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Sarah-bot

The problem with fresh faces is that we don’t necessarily know what they believe or how they will govern. Obama is a fresh face. I think that 4 years of Obama mistakes and missteps might send the country looking for someone with a lot more experience under their belt.


38 posted on 12/01/2009 1:58:20 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: caddystacks

Newsweek: Anybody but Palin. (Too bad Huck is out of the running.)


39 posted on 12/01/2009 2:01:59 PM PST by Kells
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To: All
..."I think we should be taking the possibility of a Dick Cheney bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012"...

Could it be they see Cheney as the QUEER CONNECTION?... becasus of his daughter being a lesbian?

NO, No more Bushes or Cheneys or the old guard. NEW CLEAN BLOOD please.

40 posted on 12/01/2009 2:12:08 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church on the war (...Actually I'm hearing MORE....) ** DEAFENING **)
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To: Kells

Quote: “Why? Because Cheney is a man of conviction, has a record on which he can be judged, and whatever the result, there could be no ambiguity about the will of the people. The best way to settle arguments is by having what we used to call full and frank exchanges about the issues, and then voting. A contest between Dick Cheney and Barack Obama would offer us a bracing referendum on competing visions.”

Unfortunately, elections are about more than just ideas. They are about the candidates themselves. Sure, heney’s ideas and beliefs are in direct contrast to Obama. But Newsweak knows damn well that his age and health alone would be a prohibitive factor to his becoming POTUS. Newsweak is just looking to pick an unelectable conservative candidate hoping to have a weak candidate lose. Thereafter, they will ignore the weakness of the candidate and, instead, declare that it was conservatism that was the loser.

The MSM hoped that McCain would have done this job in the last election. Unfortunately, nobody and I mean nobody bought into Juan McCain being a conservative.


41 posted on 12/01/2009 2:18:27 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: Kells

Newsweek: Anybody but Palin. (Too bad Huck is out of the running.)”

Yup.
Could NewsWEAK be any more apparent in their “running interference for 0bama” agenda?
This is such a too obvious, luaghable NewsWEAK ploy to split the conservative vote and make Sarah Palin lose in the primaries then tear Cheney apart over his heart condition and over being a “neocon” if Palin loses the primaries. You just gotta laugh at the sheer childishness of NewsWEAK.

42 posted on 12/01/2009 2:27:37 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: caddystacks

In my opinion, Cheney would be a far better candidate than anyone else whose name is floating around at the moment... although that says next to nothing IMHO. I see two main problems with this, however. The first is obviously his health. More important, however, is that one does not get the feeling that Cheney ever truly aspired after Presidential power, at least not at this point in his life. I believe that this is what made him so effective in his role over the past eight years and, sadly, is exactly what would make him ideal for the presidency.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, the qualities that make for an ideal president are nearly the exact opposite of the qualities needed for an ideal candidate. We have few of the former and even less of the latter. While there are many of you out there who are well within your rights to believe otherwise, I consider Palin and Bachmann to be neither of the two.

There is far more involved in being a good president or even a good candidate than being a decent, intelligent person with your values in the right place.


43 posted on 12/01/2009 2:27:44 PM PST by MWS
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To: Antoninus

Bingo!

They fear a Sarah Palin presidential run that they’re even pushing the other conservatives.

I admire and respect Dick Cheney, but if Newsweek is pimping him for the GOP nomination, I’d just as soon have the big guy work behind the scenes.

- JP


44 posted on 12/01/2009 2:31:39 PM PST by Josh Painter ("We can take our country back" - Sarah Heath Palin)
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To: trisham

How about a Cheney/Patraeus ticket?


45 posted on 12/01/2009 2:31:50 PM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: caddystacks

This is going to be fun watching the Palinistas shuck and jive over the prospect of a Cheney run.

Too old! Bad ticker!

He’s younger than Reagan was and the miracles of modern medicine will protect him.

Maybe even God will watch over him.


46 posted on 12/01/2009 2:35:14 PM PST by Bob J
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To: hoosier hick

“The biggest danger is that the party nominates a lackluster candidate...”

The biggest problem is if the party nominates an UNTESTED candidate.

After Obama, the voters will be looking for tested and true experience.


47 posted on 12/01/2009 2:37:10 PM PST by Bob J
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To: Antoninus

“They’re still trying to pick our candidate for us and derail the Palin juggernaught.”

Is that why you’re FRIGHTENED of a Cheney candidacy?


48 posted on 12/01/2009 2:38:11 PM PST by Bob J
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To: Bob J

He also has 8 very successful years of demonization by the media and the libs (but I repeat myself).

I respect Cheney a great deal, and I might well support him if he decides to seriously run.

But I’ll be damnde if I’ll let Newsweek tell me who I should be supporting for any office, all the way down to dog catcher.


49 posted on 12/01/2009 2:39:11 PM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: Bob J

Why are you so frightened by a Palin candidacy?

(I’m good at setting up straw men and giving out backhanded ad hominem attacks, too)


50 posted on 12/01/2009 2:41:44 PM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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