Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday added his voice to the chorus of Republican criticism of Democrats who contend the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence on Iraq.Was I talking about sociopathy before? Here's sociopathy: Aravosis reported that Henry Waxman put out a paper outlining more than fifty instances in which Big Time lied during the run-up to the war. And now he's not even breaking a sweat over lying about the lies.
That accusation, he said, "one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."
Democrats shot back immediately, with the party's 2004 presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, saying "it is hard to name a government official with less credibility on Iraq" than Cheney.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Cheney was "playing politics like he's in the middle of a presidential campaign."
"I would urge the members of the Bush administration to stop trying to resurrect their political standing by lashing out at their critics," he said. "Instead, they need to focus on the job at hand, giving our troops a strategy for success in Iraq.
But far be it from me to criticize the WH strategy here. Indeed, I can only applaud their efforts to win back the hearts and minds of the American public by trotting out a sociopath with a documented history of lying, who is in the crosshairs of a special investigation surrounding the abuse of classified information, and who has a sub-30% approval rating.