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The reason i wrote this diary is because of something Devilstower said in his recommended diary.  He said, of his disgust regarding Cheney flooding the airwaves, "Not because I think he has a winning position."  But maybe Devlistower is wrong, maybe we are wrong, maybe feeding america Dick is exactly what the republicans need to do.  

I absolutely disagree with Cheney's arguments and am truly disgusted by his appearance on the airwaves as summed up best by Devilstower.  But think about it, the ONLY accomplishment that butresses the republican's argument to put them back in power is that Bush/Cheney kept us safe post-9/11.  Forget the fact that 9/11 happened on their watch or that multiple terrorist attacks occurred around the world (e.g. great britain), because the media and public apparently have.  The only thing Cheney has ever been good at politically is terrifying the American public.  

I think Dick Cheney is probably the republicans best asset right now because every other republican talking head is putting their foot in their mouth (See Michael Steele, John Boehner) or simply criticizing everything Obama does in hopes that he fails (See every other republican in the country).  Dick Cheney is at least talking about something that he knows about or at least is PERCEIVED to know about by the American public, how to keep America safe.  Do I think Bush/Cheney kept America safe? Absolutely not.  I think their wars inflamed and recruited a whole generation of terrorists that wouldnt have existed otherwise.  But I follow international and current affairs very closely, I read the news, I weigh the facts and dont just turn on Rush and let him carve his ten commandments on my mind like its a blank slate.  Cheney is speaking to the independents, the middle of the roaders who can still be swayed by fear and anxiety of impending terrorism and trying to fire up the base.  

Cheney's position is a win-win.  Even if America does not suffer a horrific terrorist attack on Obama's watch some other country absolutely will, there is no doubt.  And what happens then?  Then Cheney and his minions go on every republican talk radio show and every "unbiased" news program, Wolf Blitzer, Larry King, etc... and say that this horrible attack could have been avoided IF Obama kept Guantanamo, IF Obama let us torture, IF Obama, IF Obama... And yes, right now its a grumpy old man, seemingly missing the spotlight who is willing to talk to anyone at any moment.  But sooner or later the republicans will get the memo that they cant win on ideas and striking fear in the hearts of Americans is all they can do to win again.  

All I am asking is that we take every attack from the right seriously.  Do not get complacent, do not take our current situation for granted, do not become over-confident with dreams of that permanent democratic majority and realize that despite its current abundance of know-nothing, chicken little hawks, just like the economy the republican brand has to hit a bottom sooner or later and we better be ready when the next issue catches fire.  

Originally posted to mobilio316 on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM PDT.

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  •  tips for staying motivated (2+ / 0-)
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    imamish, MiscastDice

    To Undecided Voters: Tell them to watch the debates. If after that, they want to vote for McCain, THEN gently but firmly correct them. -Kos Diarist Stunzeed-

    by mobilio316 on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:14:36 AM PDT

  •  I think the Dick Cheney strategy will (0+ / 0-)

    fail.

    The more he talks the more people will say WTF were we thinking.

    Let him keep going, the Powell/Limbaugh comment reduced the number of people who can take him seriously a great deal.

    "Real children don't go hoppity-skip unless they are on drugs."-- Susan [-4.88. -6.97]

    by LaFeminista on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:18:35 AM PDT

    •  i agree that most likely it will... (1+ / 0-)
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      imamish

      but i go back to something Ed Schultz said on the Ed Show that Cheney sounds like he is hoping America gets hit.  If we do the narrative will ultimately have to shift to national security and if Obama is keeping us safe.  Cheney's strategy is admittedly an ugly one but one with little consequence if it fails.  

      To Undecided Voters: Tell them to watch the debates. If after that, they want to vote for McCain, THEN gently but firmly correct them. -Kos Diarist Stunzeed-

      by mobilio316 on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:22:06 AM PDT

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  •  If there is another attack, I think Cheney (2+ / 0-)
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    Samer, brunoboy

    should be held accountable.  If you look at who benefitted most from 9/11, it is he and his backers, Halliburton, KBR . . . why were "contractors" involved in torture?  What information might they have been after? off the books.

    Disgusting.

    9/11 happened on his watch;  he didn't "keep us safe", he fell asleep at the wheel and didn't do an adequate job of reading briefs or staying informed.  At best, 9/11 was a gold mine for Cheney and cronies: it also gave them license to invade a country whose oil and resources they lusted for long before he took office.

    Ol side-mouth is a war criminal and a war profiteer.

    •  i agree 100%... (2+ / 0-)
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      Samer, brunoboy

      Naomi Klein in "Shock Doctrine" really does a nice job of connecting the dots but unfortunately you know as well as i do that the average american cant or wont connect those dots.  And where does that leave the rest of us?  Having the knowledge that lets us ignore Cheney's twisted logic and lies but being surrounded by those who dont.  

      To Undecided Voters: Tell them to watch the debates. If after that, they want to vote for McCain, THEN gently but firmly correct them. -Kos Diarist Stunzeed-

      by mobilio316 on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:32:39 AM PDT

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  •  I don't know how well that logic works (0+ / 0-)

    "You know, Brit, if we had just waterboarded a few Somali pirates, the Tamil Tigers wouldn't have blown up that car in Jafna."

    Sure they can say any old crap. Doesn't mean it means anything.

    John Boehner: Bovine Gastroenterology Expert.

    by Bobs Telecaster on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:27:23 AM PDT

  •  Your title is hilarious, I'm sorry (1+ / 0-)
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    Arken

    I mean, here I was reading the thread titles on DailyKos and now I'm almost laughing my ass off in a coffee shop like an immature brat.

    snort snort lol

    By the way, I agree with your premise. :)

    And I fuck the impossible.

    by MiscastDice on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:30:26 AM PDT

  •  "Cheney's position is a win-win." (1+ / 0-)
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    Samer

    You would be right if most of the 20% of Americans who still call themselves Republicans liked Cheney. Even most of them hate him.

  •  I've had more Dick than I can take... (1+ / 0-)
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    imamish

    Deferment Dick: "Make sure he's tied down so I can kick his ass a little..." Torture with a smile.

    by Mr Magu on Wed May 13, 2009 at 11:50:23 AM PDT

  •  Great Title..... (0+ / 0-)

    I like dick a lot, in many variations.  And, what a mixed metaphor.

    I hate Cheney.  Whether you call him Dick or RBC or KBH or Liz's dad or Halli's CEO or wateva.  He is very dangerous.

    Think about his whole career.  Think about the abuses of America's governmental process, military power, institutional power, CIA, and other covert forces.  Connect the dots.  Think about the level of activity he has been engaged in over the 8 years of his administration, Bush-Cheney.  He operated in the shadows, avoiding media scrutiny so he could have the most free hand.  He got involved in everything he possibly could behind the scenes.

    At first, after leaving office, he focused on the security-related stuff.  Since more recent appearances including his Faux news interview, he's going more wide-ranging with criticism of other changes under the new President.

    He thinks this is the role he was destined to play after leaving office.  As long as he's drawing breath he will carry on doing his damnedest to show he's right.  And, to Cheney, simply being right then justifies whatever he decides to do or say.

    Make no mistake, situations or circumstances may develop in which he will be in the position to say his version of "I told you so."

    I hope our side is continually motivated to unmask him, showing how his whole career has been in service of deception.  A very diabolical deception.  With lots of collateral damage.

    Let's organize neighborhood by neighborhood, community by community, and state by state.

    by brunoboy on Wed May 13, 2009 at 12:47:57 PM PDT

  •  I said the exact same thing to my girlfriend (0+ / 0-)

    just the other night.  I don't think this diary will help my case at all.

    Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. -H.L. Mencken

    by Kwaidan on Wed May 13, 2009 at 01:22:43 PM PDT

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