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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:30 AM
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Cheney Family Values
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The Cheneys have been inadvertently amplifying the noise. Interviewing Dick and Lynne Cheney at the vice president's mansion, C-Span's Steve Scully asked, "What is it going to take for reporters to stop asking the question whether you are going to be on the ticket?" Cheney muttered, through barely open lips, "In the run-up to the convention, people don't have much to talk about, so you get speculation on that." He laconically added, "When we get to the convention, I think that'll put an end to it."

A suitably low-key, dismissive answer. But after the camera was turned off, Lynne Cheney, who had been forcefully interjecting herself throughout the interview, lit into Scully. She chastised the interviewer for questioning her husband's place on the ticket, according to a source who has spoken to the Cheneys. The outburst seemed uncalled for; Scully is about the most mild-mannered, nonconfrontational talk-show host in Washington. Asked about the incident by NEWSWEEK, Mary Matalin, the former White House aide who acts as an informal media and political adviser and part-time spinner for the Cheneys, explained that Mrs. Cheney was irked because the interview had been pitched by C-Span as an "at-home-with-the-Cheneys thing," not as a hard-news interview.

Cheney has brought on some of the negative talk by his grumpy-old-man act (though his disdain for the Washington chattering classes can be refreshing). And his family, while undeniably close and talented, can bristle with defensiveness. Cheney is routinely portrayed as untouchable, as remote as that Undisclosed Location he periodically repairs to. To some degree, this is a caricature. Cheney is actually a warm grandfather and is well liked by the staffers who appreciate his confidence and seriousness about their work. Still, a Bush campaign official concedes, "We didn't care enough about his image."

In some ways, Cheney's unwillingness to play the Washington glad-handing game is puzzling. A six-term congressman, the youngest-ever White House chief of staff (under Ford) and secretary of Defense (under Bush 41), he could not be more of a Washington insider. But Cheney is also 63 years old, and after four heart attacks, he knows that this Washington job is his last.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5457379/site/newsweek/
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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:33 AM
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1. Dear Mr. Cheney, We Can't Wait To See You Go, Your Kind Are Not Welcome
Never Forget The Face Of American Fascism
'THIS IS NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SKULL & BONES INITIATION...I'M TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE HAVING A GOOD TIME. THESE PEOPLE -- YOU EVER HEARD OF EMOTIONAL RELEASE? YOU EVER HEARD OF NEEDING TO BLOW SOME STEAM OFF?'
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:34 AM
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2. Get this
With Election Day approaching, the veep is now campaigning regularly, not just in friendly places but in key battleground states. During the 2000 election, at a baseball game, he bridled at sitting down with the regular fans, in effect asking, "Do I have to?"
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:55 AM
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9. The Fans Said BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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RebelYell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:02 PM
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15. He was in Toledo today
:puke: Local news coverage said "enthusiastic crowd".

He was at a local teaching hospital and whining about frivolous lawsuits.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:35 AM
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3. "At Home with the Goerings"
Steve Scully has to be the most timid, quiet, and respectful interviewer there is. The man is like a warm blanket. But that doesn't cut it in the Cheney's world.

The guy is named Dick for a reason.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:36 AM
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4. I wonder what else
Cheney muttered, through barely open lips - Go F*** Yourself?

at least this article exposes some of the crap:

Lynne Cheney, who had been forcefully interjecting herself throughout the interview, lit into Scully. She chastised the interviewer for questioning her husband<snip>

How dare this be a real interview!?!?!?!

Who would ask a single question?!?!?!?!

These people (loosely used term) make me :puke:
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:37 AM
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5. You'd think a survivor of 4 heart attacks, would have a different...
outlook on life -- maybe a sense of living each day to the fullest, instead of hiding in a bunker, dedicating each day to enriching wealthy political donors with payoffs; maybe showing joy to be alive, instead of snarling at the world.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:43 AM
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6. Can you imagine what he was like
before 4 heart attacks?
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:55 AM
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7. Empty
The man's soul is empty. Pity.
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:53 AM
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8. puff piece

Cheney has brought on some of the negative talk by his grumpy-old-man act (though his disdain for the Washington chattering classes can be refreshing).


Cheney despises Congress, the GAO, the voters, the press, and the whole constitutional concept of oversight, and MSNBC calls this "disdain for the chattering classes."



Cheney is routinely portrayed as untouchable, as remote as that Undisclosed Location he periodically repairs to. To some degree, this is a caricature. Cheney is actually a warm grandfather and is well liked by the staffers who appreciate his confidence and seriousness about their work. Still, a Bush campaign official concedes, "We didn't care enough about his image."


How "warm" he is to his grankids, and how much Scooter Libby and Mary Matalin like him, was never the point.


In some ways, Cheney's unwillingness to play the Washington glad-handing game is puzzling.


It's not puzzling at all. Cheney is doing his level best to rip off the American people, of course he's going to be secretive. It's no more puzzling than the typical mob boss's dislike of the spotlight.

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FredScuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:58 AM
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10. "Warm grandfather"?
I wonder if part of the warmth is informing the kiddies that their Aunt Mary is a heathen lesbo and it's his duty to deny her and her kind the happiness they deserve.
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:38 PM
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11. lynne cheney
And after the interview, she promptly hit the news reporter
with her broom stick
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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:46 PM
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12. I love the "warm grandfather" thing..
.. haven't we ALL known total assholes who are nice fathers, grandfather's etc.?? People are usually nice to their family. That doesn't count. The ultimate test of a person.. I read this somewhere:

A person who is not nice to the waiter, is not a nice person. In other words.. you can be sweet as pie to your family, but if you're rude to other people, you're NOT a nice person.
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luaneryder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:18 PM
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13. Sort of like what all the neighbors always say
after someone next door is exposed as a serial killer-"He was a quiet man." Can you imagine Dick being nice to a wait person? No.
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llmart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:17 PM
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14. Isn't it amazing......
how after 9/11 he took to his undisclosed location for the longest time and now his ugly mug is everywhere during campaign season? What does that tell you about the "serious threats" that they keep drumming up?
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