Dick Cheney Reminds Us That Romney Still Has Stateside Messes to Clean

Last week was a big week for Mittens and the damage control is in full swing. Remember back in 2008 when one of the biggest criticisms leveled against then-candidate Obama was that the junior Senator was light on foreign policy experience? The last three and a half years have generated many criticisms from the right but the POTUS’ deft handling of a variety of thorny issues such as last year’s Arab Spring Awakening and his wise choice of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State (not to mention the killing of public enemy #1 Osama bin Laden) has gone a long way toward establishing the President as a reasoned and thoughtful statesmen.

Mitt Romney has been a part of the American political canvas for nearly 30 years and yet to witness him committing unforced errors last week, like his offensive comments directed at London’s level of Olympic preparedness, was to experience a sense of Palinesque deja vu. Is there any weigh station between Mittens brain and his mouth? Wouldn’t you think he and his handlers might develop one after three decades? Even Pavlov’s dog was capable of learning. But after that mess, Romney wasn’t satisfied with just one pile of international dog doo. He also managed to wade into the long-running Israel/Iran conflict in a a manner that made him appear like a trigger-happy ignoramus while paying Palestine’s socialized health care system a backhanded compliment, oblivious to its implications again his “war” on Obamacare.

If it weren’t such an embarrassing week for America, I suspect those of us rooting for an Obama re-election would be engaging in a much-deserved happy dance. And yet today, the Crypt Keeper himself, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, popped out of his cryogenic chamber to remind the voting public that there are still plenty of Stateside imbroglios to which candidate Romney must attend. Truly it’s getting difficult to account for all of the issues to which the former Governor refuses or simply cannot respond with a satisfying answer.

In an interview with writer Jonathan Karl for Yahoo News, the topic of Romney’s cloak and dagger intrigue regarding the release of his tax returns was broached. When Bush and Cheney occupied the Republican ticket in 2000, both candidates saw the wisdom is releasing 10 years worth of returns. Romney as we know, will not budge on releasing above two years worth of information. The Cheneybot’s predictable response?

“If he had two years out, they’d want four. If he had four years out, they’d want six. If he had six years out, they’d want ten,” said Cheney. “It’s a distraction,” he added. “I’d say do what he feels like doing. If this is his decision, fine. Let’s get on with it.”

Dick Cheney was always a great believer in the Jedi Mind Trick. Just tell Americans that the Patriot Act, a revocation of their basic liberties, is necessary for national security and they’ll go along with it, the sheep. 9/11 is a great excuse to foment a war of choice in Iraq! And since the wealthy can be painted a job creators, let’s pass some unaffordable tax cuts while we’re at it. The American people won’t know the half of it. They’re too busy watching American Idol! It’s genius. Bwa ha ha!

Nope, not this time Cheney. The post-2008 electorate, better informed and inspired by a candidate who is not overrun by internal cynicism, won’t have it. For the last time, wanting to understand a man’s personal finances as a litmus test for predicting his handling of the country’s budget is not a distraction.

But thanks for reminding us that Romney can be every bit as disingenuous here as he can overseas.

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13 Replies to “Dick Cheney Reminds Us That Romney Still Has Stateside Messes to Clean”

  1. I would start by clearing my conscience and telling the American people the truth about what you and the GOP are about to dump on the US. Pity the people that believe in the RW claims. They are even more stupid than the GOP if they believe a word they say. If you didn’t mind George and his gang of RW thugs ripping you off of jobs, savings, schools, unemployment, then you’ll love suffering under Romney. Go ahead you will have NOTHING LEFT AFTER HE GETS THRU WITH YOUR PATHETIC LIFE THAT DOES NOT HAVE $1,000,000 TO SPEAK OF IN AN ACCOUNT OFF SHORE. YOU ARE NOT AMERICAN ENOUGH IF YOU DON’T HAVE MILLIONS FOR THE gop rip off artists. How really dumb can people be? You would actually let this party do to us what they already did and you would allow them to let you live in even MORE AUSTERITY? Wow..the level of common sense on the
    right is just mind boggling. THEY TRULY LOVE SUFFERING FOR THEIR LEADERS THESE PEOPLE. But why? what do you get back from the GOP? NOTHING. NADA. ZERO!

  2. It should surprise no one that Cheney should give such advice. This was a man who made a complete mess of the long-established code of classification of official documents should now be giving advice to anybody on the subject of disclosure.
    Here’s the Waxman reports assessment on the Bush administration “openness”

    The Bush Administration has systematically sought to limit disclosure of government records while expanding its authority to operate in secret.

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/library/waxman.pdf

    The Washington Post pointed the finger squarely at Dick Cheney himself for this climate of secrecy.

    Across the board, the vice president’s office goes to unusual lengths to avoid transparency. Cheney declines to disclose the names or even the size of his staff, generally releases no public calendar and ordered the Secret Service to destroy his visitor logs. His general counsel has asserted that “the vice presidency is a unique office that is neither a part of the executive branch nor a part of the legislative branch,” and is therefore exempt from rules governing either. Cheney is refusing to observe an executive order on the handling of national security secrets, and he proposed to abolish a federal office that insisted on auditing his compliance.”

    Of course, when the Republican party reveres and takes unsolicited advice from such men as Cheney, we know exactly what we can expect from a Romney administration. More of the same mistakes.

  3. *”today, the Crypt Keeper himself, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, popped out of his cryogenic chamber…”*

    More likely, he crawled out from under his bridge just outside Chernobyl…FOR HE IS, “THE TOXIC TROLL”.

  4. Does ANY right wing(nut) have an IQ above room temperature????How can anyone be soo stupid and still breathe unassisted??? Every one of these idiots was BORN to money so things like intelligence and common sense weren’t on the shopping list ehen they were babies. Are any better now, they’re still in diapers!

  5. Clinton is being honored for hard smart work
    show a better record is my chalenge

    CLINTON PRAISE-WITH PLEASURE
    GDP–rose from 6300 to 11,600
    NATIONAL INCOME-5,000 to 8,000 Billion–took 20 years to grow 2500B before Clinton
    JOBS CREATED–over 22 million–record by far
    AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS–$360 to $478
    AVERAGE WEEKLY HOURS WORKED–never hit 35.0–hit that  mark 4 times in 80’s
    UNEMPLOYMENT–from 7.2% down down down to 3.9%
    WELFARE TO WORK—11,533,710 on federal roll in 1996 and 3,880,321 in 2007.
    MINIMUM WAGE–$4.25 to $5.15
    MINORITIES–did exceedingly well
    HOME OWNERSHIP–hit all time high
    DEFICIT–290 Billion to whoopee a SURPLUS
    DEBT—-+28%—300% increase over prior12 years
    FEDERAL SPENDING–+28%—80% under Reagan- who da true conservative?
    DOW JONES AVERAGE–3,500 to 11,800  all it’s history to get to 3500 and Clinton zooms it
    NASDAQ–700 to 5,000—all of it’s history to get to 700 and Clinton zooms it
    VALUES INDEXES– almost all bad went down–good went up in zoom zoom zoom
    FOREIGN AFFAIRS–Peace on Earth good will toward each other—Mark of a true Christian–what has Bush done to Peace on Earth?
    POPULARITY—highest poll ratings  in history during peacetime in  AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE even 98.5% in Moscow–left office with highest gallup rating since it was started in 1920’s.
    STAND UP FOR JUSTICE–evil conservatives spent $110,000,000 on hearings and investigations and caught— ONE— very evil man who took a few plane rides to events.
    BOW YOUR HEADS–Thank you God for sending us a man of Bill Clinton’s character, intelligence, knowledge of governance, ability to face up to crises without whimpering and a great leader of the world.
    THANK YOU GOD FOR THE GOOD TIMES THE CLINTON YEARS.

  6. Clarence Swinney, loved your remarks concerning former President Clinton. A common question for that time, what was there not to like, the peace …or the prosperity? I’m also grateful we have another Democratic President who has a heart for the American people.

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