Former Republican Congressman On Cheney’s “Public? What Public?” Statement
What, then, is the straw that causes me to finally consign a man I served with in the House Republican leadership to the category of “those about whom we should be greatly concerned”?
It is Cheney’s all-too-revealing conversation this week with ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz. On Wednesday, reminded of the public’s disapproval of the war in Iraq, now five years old, the vice president shrugged off that fact (and thus, the people themselves) with a one-word answer: “So?”
“So,” Mr. Vice President? […]
Cheney told Raddatz that American war policy should not be affected by the views of the people. But that is precisely whose views should matter: It is the people who should decide whether the nation shall go to war. That is not a radical, or liberal, or unpatriotic idea. It is the very heart of America’s constitutional system.
It’s a pretty strong rebuke from the former congressman, and one I think more and more people will start making as the election approaches. After all, it’s OUR country, not the President’s, and the more and more Cheney and company act like this, the easier it’ll be for people to say, “You just don’t get it.”
However, the fallout from stuff like this could really hurt McCain. After all, he has aligned himself strongly with Bush’s Iraq policy and if he comes out and says, “I will not listen to polls,” that could swing the swing voters because they don’t want 4 more years of leaders who won’t listen to them.