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CNN's Paul Begala Sneers: 'Destructive' Dick Cheney Is a ‘Sociopath' (VIDEO)
News Busters ^ | July 16 2014 | Connor Williams

Posted on 07/16/2014 10:45:28 AM PDT by PoloSec

CNN: the home for hate-filled rants against conservatives. On the July 16 edition of New Day, a panel reacted to Jake Tapper’s testy interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney. Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala became unhinged, resorting to personal attacks on Cheney in response to his explanations of the Iraq war.

Asked by host Kate Bolduan as to why Cheney is speaking out right now – as if the chaos in Iraq didn’t make that self-evident – Begala snapped: “Well, either he's a secret plant from my party, reminding people of an administration that they hated. When he left office Dick Cheney's favorable was 13 percent. There are forms of venereal disease that are higher in the polls than 13%.”

After Bolduan implored Begala to “stop it,” the former Clinton White House advisor kept his rant going in spite of her pleas: “So, that's one option. Or, which I think is much more likely, he's a sociopath. Good lord...the most damaging, destructive vice presidency since Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton 210 years ago.”

The CNN contributor was unwilling to back down at all from his statement, despite the reaction from the rest of the panel. He insisted, “No apology, no remorse. This was a man who was charged – the first thing he was asked to do as Vice President was to lead a task force on terrorism. That task force never met. The top White House counter-terrorism official was running around with his hair on fire.”

Republican strategist Kevin Madden objected to Begala’s words, saying petty personal attacks were not necessary: “Look, substantively Paul can disagree with him. I don't think it calls for insults. I don't know about the disease transmission comment. I don't even know where to start with that.”

This over-the-top dialogue is hardly constructive when dealing with issues as complex as Iraq. Begala’s attack on Cheney’s character is not likely to resolve anything and not likely to change anyone’s mind, yet CNN continues to give the former Clinton staffer a large platform.

The relevant portion of the transcript is below.

CNN New Day July 16, 2014 6:22 a.m. Eastern

CHRIS CUOMO, host: All right. A lot to discuss. Here comes Kevin Madden, CNN political commentator and Republican strategist and Paul Begala, CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist, senior adviser to Priorities USA Action. Kevin Madden, I don't know why you're smiling. Let me ask you a question. He wants to talk about the Iraq war and how we got into it so it's fair to look back. I'm all for progress, but the Vice President wants to look back. How does he ignore the decisions that got us into the Iraq war, and do you, as a representative of the Republican Party, endorse Cheney's view that the decisions that put us into Iraq were good decisions?

KEVIN MADDEN, Republican strategist: Uh, well boy, that's a lot to digest right there.

CUOMO: It's a yes, no question.

KATE BOLDUAN, host: Sum it up in 15 seconds.

CUOMO: It’s a yes, no.

MADDEN: I think the um – if I were to label this interview and sum it up I would say it was no retreat by Dick Cheney. He's seriously dug in on his positions. I think that he is, he firmly believes, as you can tell by the way he answered the questions in the interview, that in the long view of history that his view and the decisions that he made are going to be vindicated when it comes to America's national security posture and the decisions that we made in order to ensure that posture, and I think that one of the things that he sought to do in that interview was, again, provide the context for the decisions that President Bush made and that he supported in going into Iraq, given the sense after 9/11 we had a very unstable situation and we had radical Islamic jihadists that we worried would get their hands on nuclear weapons and that an anticipatory self-defense was needed so I think he's very, very interested – again, believes very strongly that he's going to be vindicated in the long run, and that what he's doing right now is engaged in an active litigation of those positions because he feels that right now some people inside the Republican Party aren't doing it and he's worried a little bit more about the Rand Paul isolationist wing of the Republican Party emerging as a dominant voice.

BOLDUAN: He also says he wants to make sure, Paul, that the Republican Party are the go-to guys in his words on national security and defense policy. Now while I know you agree with Dick Cheney on probably nothing, and you also relish the fact on taking him on almost as much as you relish the fact of taking on Rick Perry as you did last week, what do you think looking forward, what do you think is Cheney's goal in coming out and speaking out so forcefully and so often really relatively speaking, right now?

PAUL BEGALA, Democratic strategist: Well, either he's a secret plant from my party, reminding people of an administration that they hated. When he left office Dick Cheney's favorable was 13%. There are forms of venereal disease that are higher in the polls than 13%.

BOLDUAN: Oh, stop it, Paul!

BEGALA: So, that's one option. Or, which I think is much more likely, he's a sociopath. Good lord.

BOLDUAN: Oh, come on, no!

BEGALA: The most damaging, destructive vice presidency since Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton 210 years ago.

CUOMO: Hold on a second.

BOLDUAN: Come on!

BEGALA: No apology, no remorse. This was a man who was charged – the first thing he was asked to do as Vice President, number one, was to lead a task force on terrorism. That task force never met. The top White House counterterrorism official was running around with his hair on fire. Cheney wouldn't even meet with him and the attack came. That is on Mr. Cheney's record.

BOLDUAN: Kevin, jump in on this, because make the argument against the fact that Paul thinks he’s a sociopath. Is there a place in the Republican Party for Dick Cheney?

BEGALA: He’s acting like a sociopath. I'm not a qualified psychologist, but he’s acting like one.

MADDEN: Look, substantively Paul can disagree with him. I don't think it calls for insults. I don't know about the disease transmission comment. I don't even know where to start with that. It's too early in the morning, but, you know, he makes his points and then he backs them up with what he believes is an evidentiary trail of reason on them.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: begala; cheney; clinton; cnn; dickcheney; paulbegala; sociopath; trash

1 posted on 07/16/2014 10:45:28 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

If you tell the truth you will be subject to vicious attacks and name calling.

This what it is like in America today.


2 posted on 07/16/2014 10:50:53 AM PDT by detective
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To: PoloSec

Liberal MO - ad hominem attack.


3 posted on 07/16/2014 10:51:17 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: PoloSec

I believe psychologists have a term for this sort of mirroristic behavior.


4 posted on 07/16/2014 10:53:40 AM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: detective

It is like that because the Democrats can’t defend their actions in public. If the public only knew, their viability would be over.

Cheney challenged, and they can only name call in response.


5 posted on 07/16/2014 10:56:48 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: PoloSec
CNN: the home for hate-filled rants against conservatives.

Did they take the title from PMSNBC?...................

6 posted on 07/16/2014 10:56:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,763 threads and 85,286 replies. ...............)
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To: AmericanVictory

Projection.................


7 posted on 07/16/2014 10:57:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,763 threads and 85,286 replies. ...............)
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To: PoloSec

Amazing.

I’ve never seen a forehead with a mouth before.


8 posted on 07/16/2014 11:00:03 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: PoloSec

9 posted on 07/16/2014 11:02:59 AM PDT by JPG ("So sue me". OK, we will.)
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To: PoloSec

When you can’t refute the facts attack the person.


10 posted on 07/16/2014 11:06:01 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Westbrook

yes, the usual body part that most resembles him has a foreskin instead of a forehead


11 posted on 07/16/2014 11:06:13 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: PoloSec

Paul Begala

We can do name calling too — Paul Begala a very small pathetic excuse for a man.


12 posted on 07/16/2014 11:07:20 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: PoloSec

Begala has lost the argument. Cue ad homonym attacks.


13 posted on 07/16/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: PoloSec

I think he lives in Houston. I hope I don’t ever run into him. I’ll have to restrain myself from spitting in his face. That forehead connected to the face makes it a big target.


14 posted on 07/16/2014 11:11:46 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: PoloSec

Is that the bow of a ship, or Paul Begala’s forehead?


15 posted on 07/16/2014 11:12:28 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: PoloSec
The democrat crime syndicate is infested with snot nose college punk leftwing agitators who really don't know how to express themselves in a cogent, let alone dignified, manner. Its just too much for them.

Begala is a good example.

16 posted on 07/16/2014 11:13:22 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: PoloSec

I bet Cheney is cringing under his bed/ not...


17 posted on 07/16/2014 11:15:20 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: PoloSec

they are always trying to deflect from the White House failure...


18 posted on 07/16/2014 11:16:26 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: PoloSec
Dumb. Smart.


19 posted on 07/16/2014 11:20:42 AM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: PoloSec

Paul Who? Oh, yeah, that guy - Snakehead’s bitch.

Go crawl back under that rock, moron.


20 posted on 07/16/2014 11:20:57 AM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: PoloSec

Project much Paul? Dumbass.


21 posted on 07/16/2014 11:33:50 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: PoloSec
The return of......Darth Cheney! He scares the dickens out of the communists.They must destroy him!
22 posted on 07/16/2014 11:36:44 AM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
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To: PoloSec

“Sociopath”

He keeps using that word. I do not thin’ it means what he thin’s it means.

Here’s a hint.

Look up “Obama”.

It can be found after “dirt bag”, “dork”, and “idiot”.


23 posted on 07/16/2014 11:44:54 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: PoloSec

Dick Cheney doesn’t have heart trouble. He creates it.


24 posted on 07/16/2014 11:57:54 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: All

Paul Begala...Is he still around???
Haven’t heard anything from him since Clinton left office...


25 posted on 07/16/2014 12:01:58 PM PDT by Boonie
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To: PoloSec

The foreheads co-conspirators the Klintoons are going nowhere and he’s all wee-wee’d up.


26 posted on 07/16/2014 12:13:35 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: PoloSec

The kids hate adults.


27 posted on 07/16/2014 1:57:23 PM PDT by bray (Palin 2016)
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To: PoloSec
So glad Darth Cheney is gone.

So glad his cousin rules on.


It's the politicians stupid!

28 posted on 07/16/2014 1:57:38 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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