James Taranto: Cheney in 2012!

posted at 8:49 pm on September 1, 2009 by Allahpundit

Granted, his popularity’s up — relatively speaking — since he started going toe to toe with Obama on national security, and granted, he’s a change of pace when even Republicans like Alberto Gonzales are making excuses for Eric Holder’s investigation of the CIA. But (a) his net approval rating was still roughly -20 as of May, (b) he told Chris Wallace three days ago that he’s A-OK with CIA agents violating the interrogation rules he and Bush set out for them, and (c) his candidacy would end up being a referendum on the Bush years, which is just about the only way to fire up the liberal base enough to turn out in droves in 2012.

You guys wouldn’t seriously consider him in a three-way race with Romney and Huckabee. Would you?


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Not everyone that is out there espousing what has to be said needs to run for office. Some of them can do more good (more damage to the left) following the path they are currently on.

Gulchie on September 2, 2009 at 8:44 AM

I’d vote for Dick Cheney, hands down, over Romney and Huckabee in a New York minute. How much I wish he could win the WH.

petefrt on September 2, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Lets see, Mitt Romneycare, Huckleberry or Mr. Conservative. gee, that’s a tough one…..

james23 on September 2, 2009 at 8:49 AM

It’s Romney and Pawlenty now… those are the only two responsible and respectable choices that I can see…
And maybe Condi Rice…

ninjapirate on September 1, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Hey, You left out Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter, and you could probably get ol John McCain to go take another arrow for the Whig team, also. Sucks to be a Whig these days, huh?

james23 on September 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM

You guys wouldn’t seriously consider him in a three-way race with Romney and Huckabee. Would you?

In quiet moments, yes I do. Then reality smacks me upside the head and I realise it would never,ever, happen. BTW what about Palin?
AP your PDS is showing.

Don Carne on September 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Cheney for prez in ’12?

Nope. Nice try, Taranto. Cheney doesn’t need the notoriety, or the grief. Or another heart attack.

Palin proved that someone of that stratospheric stature can affect more change with a Face Book page.

The weenie nation that we’ve become…

locomotivebreath1901 on September 2, 2009 at 9:19 AM

As much as I admire Cheney, and would vote for him in a heartbeat if he was the candidate, I’d would prefer that he _chose_ not to run.

Why? It’s kind of the Haley Barbour situation and the first House revolt. Barbour was the guy behind the curtain making sure that everything was running smooth for Republicans. No matter who said anything in public, you knew that Barbour was back there, making sure it was the “right” thing to say/do.

Whenever Clinton screwed something up, Barbour was the point man to point it out and that helped set up the Congressional overturn to the Republican party at the time.

Barbour’s name came up for a candidate for Clinton’s second term, but he basically said “no thanks”, so he continued the work as a stage manager until he moved over to the Governorship of MS.

Cheney is in that kind of situation. He can continue to point out Obama’s and the Democrats every screw-up, and it WOULD get attention by the media, and he’d have much more influence than if he were announcing himself as being a ’12 candidate.

DaSaintFan on September 2, 2009 at 9:24 AM

I think that if Cheney were to run he would have his greatest chance against the Bama since in many cases of progressive(BS) movements people are knocked back into conservatism pretty hard. Cheney is a true American, he has the do what needs to be done attitude. I want my president to treat our country like a child. If anything happens or may happen he will do what it takes to keep the country safe. Not like big stupid in office now, giving rights to illegals and terrorists.

Tremmy on September 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Allahpundit I swear to you, before this term is done, EVERYONE will be pining for a Dick Cheney.

When the Chinese feel unhindered by American constraints to throw their weight around their region, when Russians start muscling their old satellites back into submission, when Israel circles their wagons and doubles down on their own security in isolation, there will be few people clinging to the myopic appeasement fantasy that hopenchange promised would improve our standing amongst nations.

Cheney will prove to have been right and everyone around him, even Bush, will look sorrier for doubting him.

Khorum on September 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Can someone explain to me the appeal Bachman?

terryannonline on September 1, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Other than the fact that she is not afraid to go after the left and espouse conservative principles, here’s part of the appeal: Not beholden to the special interests.

Q1 2009 Individual vs. PAC Contributions to Minnesota’s U.S. Representatives

Rank Representative % Individuals % PACs
1 Bachmann 80.4 19.6
2 Paulsen 69.6 30.3
3 Kline 64.5 35.5
4 Walz 57.8 42.2
5 Ellison 43.0 57.0
6 McCollum 35.5 64.5
7 Oberstar 33.0 67.0
8 Peterson 22.2 77.8

Note: FEC data compiled by Smart Politics.

Christian Conservative on September 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM

terryannonline on September 1, 2009 at 9:22 PM

How about this video on her House speech on healthcare.

Christian Conservative on September 2, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Not… gonna… happen…

Khun Joe on September 2, 2009 at 10:39 AM

You guys wouldn’t seriously consider him in a three-way race with Romney and Huckabee. Would you?

No need to worry. Most likely.

Aronne on September 2, 2009 at 11:56 AM

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