Cheney: Palin pick in ’08 “a mistake”

posted at 12:31 pm on July 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As we wait for Mitt Romney to pick his running mate in the next few weeks, the last successful GOP running mate has been privately advising the current GOP nominee and the head of his VP search committee, Beth Myers.  Cheney believes that the #2 slot has to be filled with someone ready to take over the top job on Day 1 — and that John McCain flunked that test in 2008.  In an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cheney called the selection of Sarah Palin “a mistake”:

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Cheney would not comment on what he told Romney and Myers, but he was harsh in his assessment of McCain’s decision to pick Palin.

“That one,” Cheney said, “I don’t think was well handled.”

“The test to get on that small list has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?’”

Cheney believes Sarah Palin failed that test.

“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.”

Whoo-ee!  Both Palin and Cheney are beloved by the conservative base, so I’m not sure which will get beat up more over this commentary. I’d guess that the Left is passing the popcorn this morning.

Rather than focus on that, what does this say about Cheney’s advice to Romney and Myers?  Using this framework, names like Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Susana Marinez, Nikki Haley, and perhaps even Bob McDonnell (governor for two and a half years) have to come off of Cheney’s short list.  Names like Rob Portman, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Perry would remain on the list.  With Romney’s deep background as an executive, that quality was almost certainly his foremost consideration, too, so Cheney’s advice would only reinforce Romney’s instincts here.  Plus, it doesn’t look like Romney will need a game-changing VP pick to make up ground against a popular incumbent, so the need to roll the dice will be low.


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“deficits don’t matter” Cheney

the_nile on July 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

ow, the establishment got their candidate nominated, and still feel the need to be nasty to Palin, and through her the teaparty.

It’s ok though. Teapartiers are working their way up the GOP through the grass roots, one day Mr. Cheney is going to wake up, and all his RINO buddies will be out of a job.

Rebar on July 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

“The test to get on that small list has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?’”

And good ole Barry passed this one? Let me see his transcript.

reddevil on July 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Which one helped ruin the Republican brand?

joekenha on July 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Gov. McDonnell of Virginia is too religious to be a viable pick to Mr. Cheney.

Cindy Munford on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

So where does Paul Ryan fall on that list? I certainly don’t think he’s any less qualified to take office on Day 1 than the current occupant.

Scott P on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Here’s an interesting paradox: He’s not wrong. And yet, she’d be a much better VP than him.

Caiwyn on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Just gonna repost what I said in the other thread:

Um…I notice that nobody here is saying “Cheney was wrong.”

I just see people here saying “HOW DARE YOU SPEAK ILL OF THE QUEEN! SOME TRUTHS SHOULD NOT BE SPOKEN IN MIXED COMPANY!” Noticeably, it’s the same people who themselves proudly proclaim their independence and unwillingness to “play ball” for the “team,” which is of course a pretty amusing hypocrisy.

We all know he was right. Subsequent events have proven that in spades. Palin was a likable person, but she was wholly unequipped for the job of the Vice-Presidency or Presidency. Having “the right gut instincts” is not a sufficient qualification. And attempting to defend her candidacy with the tu quoque fallacy of “b-b-but look at Obama! And Biden!” is logically impossible: just because other team got a charismatic but completely unqualified and incompetent hack elected President doesn’t mean that it’s suddenly okay for us to support one of our own…and yet this is the exact logic being put forth by those who cite to Obama/Biden in defense of Palin. Aren’t we trying to be an IMPROVEMENT on them?

I know this is an unpopular perspective around here. The reflexive defense of Palin around here has more to do with emotion, socio-economic tribalism, and sexual undercurrents than an actual rational assessment of her record or qualifications. But it doesn’t make it any less true.

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Anything but the economy…MSM

artist on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

As much as I admire Cheney on foreign policy and his mature wisdom, I disagree here.

McCain and his team made mistake after mistake. Palin was more qualified as an executive than anyone else in the campaign. She was especially more qualified, and a better potential President, than Obama, McCain, and Biden.

NaCly dog on July 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

It’s annoying when Ed and AP posture as casual observers of the “conservative base”, when they belong to it.

commodore on July 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

1000 comments, or bust

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Susana Marinez, Nikki Haley, and perhaps even Bob McDonnell (governor for two and a half years) have to come off of Cheney’s short list.

At least two of those should be off the list entirely, and none are as good as Jindal or Ryan.

Names like Rob Portman, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Perry would remain on the list.

I’d keep one of those on the list – Jindal, obviously. Maybe Perry too, but I’ve seen no sign he’s remotely interested or in contention.

As for Cheney’s comment as it directly regards Palin… popcorn at the ready.

Gingotts on July 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years.

Obama, by contrast, had essentially only been a state senator – he started running for president as soon as we was elected to the Senate. And President Present hadn’t been very good st being a state senator either.

Palin would have made a better president then anyone running in 2008 or 2012…

18-1 on July 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Rather than focus on that,

Why not focus on that Ed?

Why is Cheney so blatantly attacking Palin now?

What did Cheney do to stop the fraud behind the financial crisis that ruined many ruined citizien ?

Or did he gain from it like Boehner by inside trading?

the_nile on July 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Awwww…. I like Cheney and always have. He’s not a natural politician, however. Palin is the only thing that kept McCain competitive with Obama in ’08. The energy she brought to the ticket was palpable.

Could she take over as president? Of course. She’d be way better at the job than 99% of the politicians out there.

J.E. Dyer on July 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

“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.”

Funny, Obama didn’t pass the test either and it has shown every freaking day since January 21, 2009.

Queasy on July 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Sarah must scare the cronies on the right as much as she does the libs on the left. Extend that fear out to all conservatives everywhere and we can see just who our enemies are. Like Bush said, you’re either with us or you’re against us.

Kissmygrits on July 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

The provocative question to Cheney was intended to lead him into the gratuitous slap at Palin, but Cheney is enough of a shrewd politician to have turned the question about the Republican VP pick into a subtle smackdown of Obama’s selection of Biden. It’s too bad that he didn’t take advantage of the opening.

onlineanalyst on July 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

It’s a shame the media destroyed Sarah Palins chances for higher office. She was certainly more ready to lead the Country than Obama. That being said with the damage done to her I don’t know if she will ever be able to overcome .Right now she is in the right position.Pity Chaney had to say what he did…

sandee on July 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I agree.

a capella on July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Cheney is wrong.

the_nile on July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Cheney’s smart enough to have handled that better. I hate it when we feed the Marxist beast.

petefrt on July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Picking McCain was a huge mistake. ‘Thank’ Fred Thompson, then send him to Hell.

So, then comes 2012…and the Rs repeat the same thing.

Then they wonder why they lose, the fools.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

just because other team got a charismatic but completely unqualified and incompetent hack elected President doesn’t mean that it’s suddenly okay for us to support one of our own

Obama sent trillions to his friends and allies and implemented socialized health care – the two biggest agenda items for the left.

As a president he is a miserable failure, but as an ideologue he has been fairly successful.

To reverse leftwing policy gains we need someone with the guts to fight. Palin fits the bill – neither McCain nor Romney does. As such, Palin would make a better president then either of the two.

18-1 on July 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I rarely disagree with Cheney, but the 08 mistake was McRino.

Palin is far more qualifed than either Obozo and Gaffen.

Who here thinks Palin couldn’t pay 100 rounds of old and campaign in between?

The bureaucracy is running the country not the Pres!

Not-a-Marxist on July 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Sorry to all the Dick Cheney’s out there- but you are dead wrong. stupidly dead wrong. NO REPUBLICAN WAS GOING TO WIN FOLLOWING BUSH AS A PRESIDENT. Get that through your thick skulls. A ham samich could’ve won the presidency in 2008-as long as it wasn’t a republican one.

Today’s political situation would be a lot worse off if Sarah Palin had NOT been elevated to a National spotlight in 2008. She fought and attacked, while the cowardly men of DC stayed on the sidelines and watched – and gave very little support.

I’ll take a commoner like Sarah over “educated” COWARDLY career DC MEN any day of the week.

Cowards – in DC- always looking out for their job first.

FlaMurph on July 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I agree.

a capella on July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

As unpopular as this thought is, I agree with Esoteric.

sandee on July 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

So why has Squish central Townhall/Hotair not mentioned the goings on in Dallas yesterday?

Rio Linda Refugee on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The neocons and the RINOs are the gift that keeps on giving.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

After Cheney and his idiot boss spent 8 years ruining the Republican brand I don’t think anybody could have won.

Walter Sobchak on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Do tell.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Brave, man, brave…

Gingotts on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Funny, Obama didn’t pass the test either and it has shown every freaking day since January 21, 2009.

Cheney made a big mistake here, as even if he believes that Palin was not ready for the Presidency he should have pointed out that neither was the current President…

18-1 on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Does he know something we don’t know? Is Mitt thinkin’ about putting the Cuda on the ticket? Are the good ole boys trying to change his mind behind the scene? hmmm.

Kissmygrits on July 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Both Palin and Cheney are beloved by the conservative base, so I’m not sure which will get beat up more over this commentary.

Cheney is pro gay marriage and a neo con who got us into two expensive wars. And who, oh by the way, 9with Bush and Rove) basically destroyed the GOP brand by 2008, which got us Obama.

Palin, on the other hand, helped restore the GOP name.

Not even close.

kevinkristy on July 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Palin is suppose to be irrelevant. yet. both the left and right spend an inordinate amount of time bashing her.

Sarah was born to lead. She rose from the bottom to become the leader of a great state. Those who say she wasn’t ready to lead in 2008 are being willfully stupid.

Sarah would have been a better president than obama. can anyone deny that? we have been fed propaganda by the elitists.

Sarah has over 3million on FB. the numbers are growing.

renalin on July 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

What we need is another “boring white man”..? When is the last time that you have heard the other side publicly make such a claim of one of theirs? It was unnecessary.

d1carter on July 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

It’s a shame the media destroyed Sarah Palins chances for higher office. She was certainly more ready to lead the Country than Obama. That being said with the damage done to her I don’t know if she will ever be able to overcome .Right now she is in the right position.Pity Chaney had to say what he did…

sandee on July 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

It was with the help of cheney’s and others in the permanent political class they stopped Palin.

She was part of what stopped corruption in Alaska , cant let that spread to DC.

The same scum that profit from the financial meltdown.

the_nile on July 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I know this is an unpopular perspective around here. The reflexive defense of Palin around here has more to do with emotion, socio-economic tribalism, and sexual undercurrents than an actual rational assessment of her record or qualifications. But it doesn’t make it any less true.

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

You just copied and pasted the same psycho babble and pretzel logic from the other Palin thread…LOL

You sound just like one of Obama’s speech writers..:)

idesign on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

To reverse leftwing policy gains we need someone with the guts to fight. Palin fits the bill – neither McCain nor Romney does. As such, Palin would make a better president then either of the two.

Given that Palin governed as a centrist-moderate Republican with a disturbing populist streak while in Alaska, what makes you think she would actually be the TrueCon warrior you depict her as?

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Was Palin a wise choice? Maybe not.

But Dick Cheney was a horrible VP who ruined the brand of the Republican party in the minds of average Americans to this day. He has zero room to talk.

Palin has actually helped to elect conservatives. Something Dick Cheney has never done.

Deficits do matter.

tetriskid on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

come on sarah, this needs refudiatin!

sesquipedalian on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

J.E. Dyer on July 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

+1

cmsinaz on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

After Cheney and his idiot boss spent 8 years ruining the Republican brand I don’t think anybody could have won.

I’d love to get Cheney’s take on Bush’s domestic policies. Did he agree with the spending orgy? Sidelining almost all conservative initiatives to focus on the WoT?

That being said, if Romney were smart he’d be making speeches along the lines of, “Remember when Obama said he’d bring change? What he really meant is that he would double down on Bush’s failed government spending orgy. “

18-1 on July 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Romney/Palin 2012

Bulletchaser on July 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

You got to love the balls for someone like Cheney (who bankrupted the country and destroyed the GOP brand) to question if Palin was ready.

kevinkristy on July 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

After Cheney and his idiot boss spent 8 years ruining the Republican brand I don’t think anybody could have won.

Yeah, I actually think this is true. People just wanted a change from the GOP. Sad to say, but the Dems probably could’ve nominated Dennis friggin’ Kucinich and won in a squeaker in 2008. The GOP had simply worn out its welcome with Bush, DeLay, Hastert, Frist, etc.

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

a capella on July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I don’t, Mr. Cheney is wrong. Gov. Palin had nothing to do with Sen. McCain’s loss so the statement is unnecessary. If anything it condones the behavior of the media, who usually ignores the VP spot, to ridiculous benchmarks. And we know that only works for Republicans since they ignored the goings on of John Edwards. The fact that Biden is the VP currently speaks volumes to the double standard.

Cindy Munford on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The presumptive nominee is in Israel talking tough on Iran, but we are talking about a Sarah Palin LOL

Love her or hate her, she is a fascinating person and her base is extremely passionate about her. I looking forward to her convention speech.

celticdefender on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The 2008 campaign was a “perfect storm” if mistakes. We had an RNC head who wasn’t able to rally fundraisers, we had a candidate who “suspended” his campaign exactly when he needed to ramp it up. It was just a mess.

Talking about 2008 is of very little value right now.

crosspatch on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Subsequent events have proven that in spades. Palin was a likable person, but she was wholly unequipped for the job of the Vice-Presidency or Presidency…I know this is an unpopular perspective around here. The reflexive defense of Palin around here has more to do with emotion, socio-economic tribalism, and sexual undercurrents than an actual rational assessment of her record or qualifications.

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Nothing has proven that Palin was wholly unequipped for the job of VP, leaving aside the reflexive reponse that many candidates are and win election. Emotion/sex/tribalism has nothing to do with it. Your argument is simply your opinion.

Does that sound rational enough?

spiritof61 on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

“I don’t think she passed that test…of being ready to take over.”

She passed that test better than Obama did. She had experience in two different Executive branch governmental positions. Barry didn’t.

Sarah Palin is more capable of successfully fulfilling the responsibilities of President and Commander in Chief than EITHER Obama or Biden.

ITguy on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Cheney is right. The years since 08 have made it clear that Palin was not qualified or ready for the job. I am ashamed to admit that I fell under her spell early on, but fortunately, rational thought prevailed. There are conservatives out there who actually would do a good job, so we can do much better.

McDuck on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The more he talks the more Cheney goes down in my estimation.

Paul-Cincy on July 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Cheney was wrong.

No one is more grounded, or sharper, than Sarah Palin. She wouldn’t be crushed by the office, she wouldn’t be seduced by its trappings, she wouldn’t go off on a tangent. She is the consummate outsider, who will strongly challenge the current policies, which are set to soon take us off a fiscal cliff, and it isn’t going to be pretty. I don’t know if she could have gotten elected, but she’d be a heck of a lot better than Obama, a heck of a lot better than the fiscal cliff, and take us on a path of a strong conservative agenda, much like Reagan.

Her selfless conservatism is what’s most attractive to me. Her vision is to let other people follow their dreams. Obama’s vision is to have everyone follow his wonderful vision. She would have been a terrific President.

Paul-Cincy on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Paul-Cincy on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Based on recent past history, senators/non-govenors don’t need to be presidents. That tells me she was more qualified than Cheney or McCain

LtGenRob on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

By the way the “mistake” was choosing McCain in the first place…No one was going to save him. I think Sarah may have been the “sacrificial” lamb in a Election Republicans knew we would lose..

sandee on July 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

what makes you think she would actually be the TrueCon warrior you depict her as?

When most of the rest of the Republican party were shaking in their boots over President Hopenchange’s domestic policies, she actually took the fight to him. And thanks to her efforts, had a certain Maine “Republican” Senator shown guts we would have stopped Obamacare in the cradle.

She is not as conservative as the left makes her out to be, true, but again she is willing to fight. And much like Grant in the Civil War that makes up for a lot of other weaknesses.

18-1 on July 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

If we accept Cheney’s criterion of a VP ready to be President, how about the Speaker of the House? The third-in-line could very suddenly become second-in-line, after all.

PersonFromPorlock on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Cheney supports homosexual marriage. Palin supports biblical marriage. This was a childish swipe by a bitter old man.

Ted Torgerson on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Of course she was a mistake (and so was McCain).

McCain was losing in the polls, and his Hail Mary was to put a woman on the ticket hoping other women were still upset that Obama beat Hillary.

I agree with Palin’s conservative policies, but she’s simply not suited to be a leader, which is why she retired so early. She couldn’t handle the pressure and wasn’t interested in the real work of governing. She wanted to be a celebrity.

I’m sure Palinistas will now lash out at Cheney.

BradTank on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Cheney could have softened and made his point more elegantly. Shes wasnt as qualified as I would gave liked but she was much more qualified than Obama would have worked. Or she would have made a better VP than Biden.

ldbgcoleman on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

…I like the old boy…but I can tell he has somebody else’s heart…if it weren’t for Palin…nobody would have voted for “fight with me!”…and her emails told me she would have been a FAR BETTER President!

KOOLAID2 on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Palin pick in ’08 “a mistake”

…because she should have been at the HEAD of the ticket…and not tied down by the ultimate moderate “squish”!!!

McCain was a huge Mistake: the GOP should have run a real Republican!!!

landlines on July 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Well if that is the criteria – then I would think it’s down to Pawlenty or Jindal.

gophergirl on July 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Do tell.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/07/28/thousands-gather-for-beck-event/

Rio Linda Refugee on July 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Uh, Dick, we’re supposed to be attacking Obama.

Not our own.

GAFC.

(Get A Flippin’ Clue.)

profitsbeard on July 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

McCain was a huge Mistake: the GOP should have run a real Republican!!!

Looking at the 2012 ticket, what do you call it when you repeat the same action again expecting a different result?

18-1 on July 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

McCain on the ticket was the problem.

ctmom on July 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I know this is an unpopular perspective around here. The reflexive defense of Palin around here has more to do with emotion, socio-economic tribalism, and sexual undercurrents than an actual rational assessment of her record or qualifications. But it doesn’t make it any less true.

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The converse to you misunderstanding of leadership is Mysognistic denial.

Sarah has taken on the entire liberals establishment and is still standing. She turned the abuse she got in 2008 and stayed in the game for 2010.The cowardly men of the non- liberal world should take notes. Yes Mitch McConnell this means you, DC career boy.

If the media isn’t hating on you – you are either not doing your job or have zero effectiveness. Sarah be thy name makes news going to a fast food joint. Go figure.

FlaMurph on July 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

It’s Palin day at HotAir..:)

idesign on July 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yes it was a mistake for the RNC /GOP to pick Palin as the VP. She ended up reminding us little people what conservatism is and how corrupt and evil both parties are. Yeah it was a mistake to shoot themselves in the foot and spark a 3rd party movement that will eventually be the TEA Party….and the Republicans party will be dessimated.

Mr Cheney don’t forget that you and Mr. Bush are the reason we have Mr. Obama as POTUS… The responsibility fot the destruction of this great country rest squarely with you two and your inability to effectively counter the devious deceptive immoral democrats. So please STHU !

CCRWM on July 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Plus, it doesn’t look like Romney will need a game-changing VP pick to make up ground against a popular incumbent

Zinger of the day!

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I’m sure Palinistas will now lash out at Cheney.

BradTank on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Just because Palin wasn’t qualified doesn’t mean Cheney was.

Cheney destroyed the reputation of the Republican party in the minds of most Americans.

Cheney famously said that we could spend ourselves into oblivion because “deficits don’t matter.”

He is hardly the person to be lecturing on VP choices.

tetriskid on July 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM

And thanks to her efforts, had a certain Maine “Republican” Senator shown guts we would have stopped Obamacare in the cradle.
18-1 on July 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Which Maine senator? I thought that all the Republican senators voted “HELL NO” on Obamacare.

aunursa on July 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

This idiots policy’s got Obammy elected, so why does he continue to run others down………
What a jerk……..

angrymike on July 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Which one helped ruin the Republican brand?

joekenha on July 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Trick question?

Darth Executor on July 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Gay marriage supporting RINO!

joe_doufu on July 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Which Maine senator? I thought that all the Republican senators voted “HELL NO” on Obamacare.

aunursa on July 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Snowe allowed it to move out of committee which basically passed the bill.

gophergirl on July 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Which Maine senator? I thought that all the Republican senators voted “HELL NO” on Obamacare.

aunursa on July 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I think Collins was the vote that allowed it to get out of committee thus allowing it to be voted on…

sandee on July 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Never understood the infatuation many have with Palin on the right, or the Left’s obsession with her personal life and everything she does. When all is said and done, I think she did hurt McCain’s election chances with low info, squishy voters because of the media’s revolting, demonization of female GOP candidates…but that’s not saying much because McCain was such a terrible candidate and did more to hurt himself.

She’s just a political opportunist now, who didn’t run in the primary because she realizes she makes alot more money doing stuff like this, than she would in government.

1984 in real life on July 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Ooops it was Snowe?

sandee on July 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

…and as for “qualified”: Exactly what qualified McCain to run the world’s largest bureaucracy??? Only Obama was LESS qualified in 2008.

Only ONE candidate had any real executive experience in 2008!!!

Hint: It was NOT McCain. It was NOT Obama. It was NOT Biden.

landlines on July 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Which Maine senator? I thought that all the Republican senators voted “HELL NO” on Obamacare.

aunursa on July 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

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Olympia Snowe’s vote allowed Obamacare to get out of committee, thereby ensuring that it would pass. Even though she didn’t vote for it in the full Senate vote, it was her committee vote that decided the matter.

joe_doufu on July 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Cheney believes that the #2 slot has to be filled with someone ready to take over the top job on Day 1

when Bush picked cheney to find his VP selection Cheney looked far and wide and at the end of the dasy the only person in 300 million people he found that he thought was up for the job was ….himself. amazing really when you stop to thing about it. i9 wouldn’t be surprised if cheney thought Romeny should pick him for VP.

unseen on July 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

If people are sick and tired of corrupt corporate cronies like Cheney mocking them and taking their votes for granted then, plese, stop voting for these creeps. Vote for Gary Johnson. In fact, Cheney says that Palin isn’t qualified because she was only governor for two years, but Romney was only governor for four; Gary Johnson was so popular and successful, unlike Romney, he was reelected and served eight years.

If people want to vote for the most qualified, capable president in ’12, vote for Gary Johnson.

FloatingRock on July 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I agree with Palin’s conservative policies, but she’s simply not suited to be a leader, which is why she retired so early. She couldn’t handle the pressure and wasn’t interested in the real work of governing. She wanted to be a celebrity.

I’m sure Palinistas will now lash out at Cheney.

BradTank on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

So you’d stay at a job that cost you four times more than you make? Unlike Mittens and the Bush nepotism syndicate, she wasn’t born with a trust fund. Her family was bankrupt. That’s why she resigned. Not because “she couldn’t handle the pressure and wasn’t interested in the real work” or “she wanted to be a celebrity” as you Bushtard/Romneybot revisionist liars like to trot out at every single opportunity, but BECAUSE HER FAMILY WAS BANKRUPT.

Walter Sobchak on July 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Plese = please : )

FloatingRock on July 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Schadenfreude
Heck it’s Sunday, 1500 comments………:-)

angrymike on July 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Cheney could have softened and made his point more elegantly. Shes wasnt as qualified as I would gave liked but she was much more qualified than Obama would have worked. Or she would have made a better VP than Biden.

ldbgcoleman on July 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

This was a planned attack , it was all intentioned this way from the corrupt political class.

What did cheney ever do to attack the fraudsters behind the financial collapse? Nothing.

the_nile on July 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

“The test to get on that small list has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?’”

But Obama passed?

Are ALL Republicans idiots or only the ones that we hear about?

clippermiami on July 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

snip-Cheney are beloved by the conservative base

being loved by republicans is not the same as being loved by conservatives.

dmacleo on July 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

“Palin was a likable person, but she was wholly unequipped for the job of the Vice-Presidency or Presidency”

I’m so FREAKING sick of hearing that! Yeah. If she was VP, we’d be in a world of hurt right now. Obama/Biden was the obvious choice in 08′. Is this what you think? The media won the narrative of her “not being qualified”. That’s it. End of story. The indies and the left didn’t hear the truth about her.

Hawkerflyer on July 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I agree with Cheney. And I would also avoid other candidates with limited experience like Rubio.

Picking Palin before she had more experience and a full term as governor was the worse thing the GOP could do for her. I think she would have made a great VP, and we could do much worse than Palin as president. I’d gladly vote for her. But let’s let our rising stars develop before we push them upstairs.

NbyNW on July 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Cheney’s smell test is whether or not someone is part of the old, Republican guard. Palin was far more qualified than Obama and, for that matter, bloviating Joe Biden.

If anything, Palin inserted an energy into what otherwise was a lethargic campaign that John McCain and his people were running. Talk about holding your nose to vote for someone, John McCain as a candidate was a prime example. When Sarah Palin entered the race, coming out of nowhere I might add, there was an energy that inserted a lot of enthusiam into the race.

What the disgrace ended up being was allowing died-in-the-wool Republican elitists to manage Sarah Palin, who John McCain approved. Had they stepped back and let her do what she does best, who knows what may have happened. I personally believe it would have been more positive for John McCain.

Too bad Cheney sometimes drinks from the talking heads kool aid well.

iamsaved on July 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Darth, Darth, Darth……. *facepalm*

Bitter Clinger on July 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Cindy Munford on July 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I’ve grown a bit allergic to the knee jerk responses to anything resembling criicism of her. Cultish. Getting worse. Makes me uneasy. I’ve changed my views on her a bit since she backed away from running this year. I think she is doing an admirable job of helping elect good conservative legislators and have mostly forgiven her for helping re-elect McCain. Mostly! She’ll never be President.

a capella on July 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

come on sarah, this needs refudiatin!

sesquipedalian on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

You sound faint…you better call a paralegal STAT!

ziggyville on July 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Fried foods cause heart attacks, strokes, and shortens people’s lives.

In other words, EAT UP Sarah and Todd!

inthemiddle on July 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

From the headlines, yesterday…

How come someone who wishes people dead is still commenting on HA?

Shame on you Townhall and HA.

May the left take a good example from you.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I know this is an unpopular perspective around here. The reflexive defense of Palin around here has more to do with emotion, socio-economic tribalism, and sexual undercurrents than an actual rational assessment of her record or qualifications. But it doesn’t make it any less true.

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The converse to you misunderstanding of leadership is Mysognistic denial.

Sarah has taken on the entire liberals establishment and is still standing. She turned the abuse she got in 2008 and stayed in the game for 2010.The cowardly men of the non- liberal world should take notes. Yes Mitch McConnell this means you, DC career boy.

If the media isn’t hating on you – you are either not doing your job or have zero effectiveness. Sarah be thy name makes news going to a fast food joint. Go figure.

Okay see but the problem with your post here is that it unintentionally completely proves my point about the weird sexual undercurrent behind much of the (overwhelmingly middle-aged male) support for Palin, which by definition indicates it’s operating at a level beyond the rational. Let me put it this way: if Sarah Palin was a pudgy white guy named Bob Palin, would she have 1/10th the quasi-religious support that she has? Of course not. Half the men in these Palin threads who jump to her defense are explicitly doing in terms of “chivalry” and “how dare you insult this wonderful lady.” It really is rather gendered…again, not a popular sentiment to discuss, but it doesn’t cease to be true just because talking about the truth pisses people off.

Esoteric on July 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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