Skip to comments.Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was 'A Mistake'
Posted on 07/29/2012 7:38:46 AM PDT by dirtboy
Dick Cheney has some advice for Mitt Romney on choosing a running mate: Don't pick another Sarah Palin.
In his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March, Cheney told ABC News, that John McCain's decision to pick Palin as his running mate in 2008 was "a mistake" - one that it is important from Romney not to repeat.
It's subject on which Cheney has some unique experience. He helped Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush lead their vice presidential searches and, of course, served as vice president for eight years. He's also privately offered some advice to both Romney and Beth Myers, who is leading Romney's search for a runningmate, on the process.
Cheney would not comment on what he told Romney and Myers, but he was harsh in his assessment of McCain's decision to pick Palin.
"That one," Cheney said, "I don't think was well handled."
"The test to get on that small list has to be, 'Is this person capable of being president of the United States?'"
Cheney believes Sarah Palin failed that test.
"I like Governor Palin. I've met her. I know her. She - attractive candidate. But based on her background, she'd only been governor for, what, two years. I don't think she passed that test
of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake."
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And, once again, I call horsecrap. Palin helped McCain to a lead in the polls, and then McCain utterly botched his handling of the financial crisis. He never recovered, so his handlers stabbed Palin in the back.
If Palin is such a lead balloon, then reconcile your claim with the fact that she has helped so many candidates win elections, and is a much-sought-after endorsement for so many pubbies.
Nominating Romney has reinvigorated the moderates and we’re back to square one.
True, although I don't think Cheney was saying that. In commenting that she was an attractive candidate, he was acknowledging that she was pulling in voters. That does not mean she was ready to be CIC in his mind.
She is on record having backed RINOs at the expense of conservatives.
This proves, beyond a doubt, Cheney’s new heart came form a libTard.
I’ve heard it said the presidency is unique and nobody’s truly prepared for it.
And if anyone is, it’s probably Hillary Clinton, who lived in the White House for 8 years and was married to the President.
So if preparedness is the criterion, Hillary’s the answer.
Surely Cheney wouldn’t endorse her.
But there are other qualities to be considered. Like whether someone’s an American from top to toe and right through to the core. Their life experience, their values, their vision.
And btw, Palin didn’t spend her brief time in the governor’s office doing photo ops and hugging scouts. Nor did she get there by being somebody’s wife. She rose the old-fashioned way: effort and merit.
I like Cheney but this from him is very disappointing.
Eh tu Dick?
It would have been so easy for him to give good advice on picking a VP running mate without mentioning Palin at all.
Just seems rude and crude to me.
Screw Cheney. Ran up the debt and 2 idiotic and pointless wars. And I don’t want to get into some long debate about that. I believe they were pointless and idiotic.
So screw him and his neocon bunch.
Cheney is nothing more than a Bush family acolyte. As such, the Bush people believe in big government - so long as they and their hand-picked committee chairmen are controlling all the money. They believe in government spending at their core, so it’s not surprising Cheney would utter this stuff. Once the Republican Party has flushed out the Bushes and their family suck-ups (Cheney, Rove, Schmidt, et.al.), the McConnell’s, the Cantor’s and all of the other Progressive Republicans is when we can start to put real meaning in WE The People.
Perhaps it's the cerebral hypoxia talking.
The push is on by the GOP, and has been for awhile now, to marginalize we Tea Partiers. It’s only going to get worse. We are to the GOP as blacks are to the RATS.
Obama didn’t win because people didn’t feel Palin was ready (see Obama’s lack of experience as top of ticket, so there goes that argument).
McCain lost because the country was sick of Bush and Cheney.
And so here comes Cheney to rewrite history.
I hope Palin slams him today. But she probably won’t as she has more class than thee turds.
What happens to good conservatives when they go to Washington???!???!??!?!?!?
Yeah, that’s right. The American voters are so sophisticated and discerning, that they voted for a loser, who has nearly destroyed this country!
Nice that the guy who lacked the courage to run for President on his own slams the ticket that replaced him. Nice.