"I respect the vice president. He and I had strong disagreements as to whether we should torture people or not. I don't think we should have."
It's always nice when Sen. McCain lets his integrity out for some fresh air every now and again.
Tags: Dick Cheney, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Torture, Veepstakes
Dick Cheney knows a thing or two about the responsibilities of a U.S. Vice President. First of all, he or she has to set a tone for the administration. Is this going to be a semi-transparent engine of national growth and heath or will it be a draconian death grinder of American populist ideals? Tough call; better get the VP on the horn. Then, it is up to the V.P. to make all of the important administrative decisions, answer all of the President's email, place padding on all the sharp corners in the White House and pay strict attention to the President's nap time.
Unfortunately, John McCain's pick for years ago just wasn't up to the task in his estimation…
"That one," Cheney said, "I don't think was well handled… 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."
Interestingly, Cheney's daughter Liz — whom he has been grooming for years to take over his place at the head of the High Council of Deatheaters — is not in agreement…
Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she's done 4 GOP.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) July 29, 2012
Also, she's stronger than Superman, smarter than the gigantic brain that lives at the center of the Earth and more World's Greatest-y than R. Kelly. I could go on, but I wouldn't want to be accused of hyperbole.
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Tags: Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, Sarah Palin, Veepstakes
Steadfast. Predictable. Dull. Boring.
Surveys* indicate that most Americans associate these words with Tim Pawlenty, GOP veepstakes favorite. If you are one of those Americans, prepare to be shocked — he's way more exciting than you think.
Get the proof here!
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Tags: Republicans, Tim Pawlenty, Veepstakes
Ever since Ann Romney announced that Mitt Romney's running mate should be someone "that Mitt will enjoy, with the same personality type… and also competent, capable, and willing to serve this country," veepstakes speculation has flitted between a bowl of cold porridge, the bipartisan option of an Al Gore cardboard cutout and Tim Pawlenty (though there are a few other options).
Gail Collins points to the Pawlenty's and Romney's similar tastes in what the latter calls "jokes as well as things that are fun…"
They are also both proud of having a lively sense of humor. In his book, Pawlenty tells readers that once when he was introduced to a man who had just gotten a new hearing aid, he cracked up the room by "moving my lips as if I were talking but without saying anything so he'd think something was wrong."
He's the perfect partner for someone whose idea of a good time involves impersonating a police officer and forcibly cutting a classmate's hair so it would make like the trees and become the right height. Maybe Pawlenty is already Romney's running mate and we just haven't noticed yet.
They would make the perfect comedy duo. For their next performance, they'll turn Medicare into a premium support system where medical inflation gradually outstrips the value of the voucher, forcing poorer seniors to do without hearing aids.
And then we'll laugh and laugh.
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Tags: Tim Pawlenty, Veepstakes
Mitt still hasn't announced a running mate, presumably because his team of scientists hasn't manufactured one yet. But in case he does go the flesh and blood route, we handicapped the top contenders for the GOP's veep spot.
May the most complementary-to-Mitt-Romney person win!
Pros: Executive experience as governor of Louisiana; would bring ethnic diversity to Romney's ticket.
Cons: Is one of the Little Rascals.
See the full gallery here!
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Tags: Mitt Romney, Veepstakes