Friday, February 19, 2010
Cheney Wows CPAC. DraftCheney2012.com?
Hey Vice-Precedence Blog readers.
CPAC-The Conservative Political Action Conference is going on as I write this. This "Conservative Convention" is a chance for conservatives and Republicans around the country to get together and reaffirm their conservative values and listen to some of the most prominent members of their party tell them how wonderful they are and whip them into a frenzy. This year the speakers are really hammering President Obama and the Democrats on issues like; the Health Care Plan, the stimulus, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and even personal issues.
All this criticism and joking (some of it being in the form of personal insults) had Bill O'Reilly on his show on FOX News "The O'Reilly Factor" broadcasting this week from L.A., saying that while its fine to criticize and question the President, he thinks that some of the speakers at CPAC, particularly former House Majority Leader and current head of the controversial group FreedomWorks -- Dick Armey (one of the funniest names in American political history), had gotten too personal and gone too far. Particularly with these comments:
"You're intellectually shallow. You're romantic. You're self-indulgent. You have no ability, perhaps the most proven yourself already to be the most incompetent president perhaps in our lifetime."
When Bill O'Reilly is saying that about Republicans -- you know it must be pretty bad.
However, the big story yesterday at CPAC was a surprise appearance from former VP Cheney. Cheney's daughter Liz was a scheduled speaker, and had gotten the crowd fired up with comments such as:
"And while we're sending messages to President Obama today, here is one more. Stop apologizing for this great nation and start defending her."
"There's no polite way to put this, but that kind of incompetence gets people killed," in regards to the White House missing warnings about a possible attack out of Yemen from the intelligence communities.
She went on to accuse the Obama Administration of "incompetence, misjudgment and presidential neglect." and then said:
"There is no doubt that the daily intelligence briefings that the president receives contained much more information on the threat from Yemen,"
After concluding her remarks she mentioned her father the former VP and said:
“Often before I give big speeches, I ask him for advice. Today I brought him with me.”
Suddenly and dramatically the former Vice-President appeared and walked on the stage, rousing the surprised and delighted audience out of their seats into a standing ovation with thunderous applause, cheers and chants of "Cheney, Cheney, Cheney!", “Four more years!”, "Run Cheney, Run!" and "Cheney 2012!"
Cheney was clearly pleased by the warm reception and after getting some laughs by saying he was just Liz's "arm-candy" he wryly said:
"Knock it off. A welcome like that almost makes me want to run for office -- but I am not going to do it."
Cheney went on to follow up his daughters speech with the same sort of comments he has been saying for awhile now -- how he believes the Obama Administrations policies are not keeping Americans safe, etc.
The headline-grabbing statement he made however was the following:
"I think the year of 2010 is going to be a great year in congressional races, and I think President Obama is going to be a one-term president."
You got it straight from the horse's mouth right there folks. Obama is a one-term President. Basically a replay of Carter according to Mr. Cheney, and the audience loved it.
He also said it was time for the younger generation of Republicans to take the lead in their struggle against President Obama and the Left:
"There comes a time when those of us in our generation need to move on and make certain that the younger generation has an opportunity to step up,"
As for the idea of the former VP running for President in 2012, he sort of nipped that in the bud with his opening comments, however, as we all know, all politicians reserve the right to change their minds whenever they choose to do so -- especially if it becomes politically expedient. So Mr. Cheney might be keeping an eye on the website created by a Chris Barron titled "DraftCheney2012.com"
The sites sole purpose is to make Cheney the Republican Presidential Nominee in 2012. You can make donations, buy t-shirts and bumper stickers, and follow the latest Cheney news there. Today they have launched a "Write-In Dick Cheney" campaign for the straw poll being held at CPAC for the 2012 nominee. You can see it all for yourself at:
Don't be frightened. It's just a website.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!