Cheney: "We're happy to have Gen. Powell in the Republican Party"

Relax. The climbdown is tempered with plenty of language about sticking to principles. I’m giving you two clips: The Powell bit is in the first but the second, which deals with unintended consequences of Bush’s TARP bailout, is more interesting, insofar as Cheney admits (around 8:00) that he never imagined Congress would abuse its authority under the financial rescue package to seize control of private industry. That’s an uncharacteristically naive move on his part, but on my part too: I thought there was enough congressional oversight to TARP that they’d be able to rein it in. So much for that.