Ezra Klein summarizes the piece thusly:
"A Cheney candidacy would serve to defend Bush on the campaign trail and force a greater fealty to and respect for George Bush's record from the other candidates. Which is quite a window into the current conservative mindset: Bush isn't unpopular because his policies have been historic failures, he's unpopular because he lacks sufficiently vigorous defenders. . . . Place a constant reminder of George W. Bush on the campaign trail [and] wreck the Republican Party for a generation. Make that reminder Dick Cheney, and we may as well resuscitate the Whigs."More here.
Meanwhile, the veep was doing Oxycontin shooters with Rush Limbaugh on his radio show the other day and made a case for why Iraq has become George Bush's Forever War:
"[The Democrats] seem to think that we can withdraw from Iraq and walk away from it. They ignore the lessons of the past. Remember what happened in Afghanistan. We'd been involved in Afghanistan in the eighties, supporting the Mujahideen against the Soviets and prevailed. We won. Everybody walked away, and in the nineties, Afghanistan became a safe haven for terrorists, an area for training camps where Al-Qaeda trained 20,000 terrorists in the late nineties, and the base from which they launched attacks on the United States on 9/11. So those are very real problems, and to advocate withdrawal from Iraq at this point, it seems to me, simply would play right into the hands of Al-Qaeda."In other words:
No withdrawal. No end in sight ever. And no regrets.More here.
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