The Return of the Curse of Dick Cheney, Every Day

Every once in a while there comes along a person that 99.9 percent of the people wish would just go away.  Dick Cheney is one of those people.  The man is acting like he is possessed by the devil; but even the devil would be wary of cohabiting with the likes of what Cheney has become. So who is this person who claims love of his country and to know better than the rest of us?  Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney has had a long political career, having served in both the Nixon and Ford (Chief of Staff) White House.  He also served five terms in the US House of Representatives for his home state of Wyoming, a place many wish he would return to.  But then, what do we know.  Maybe Wyoming citizens have placed their feet firmly in the ground saying, “We sent him back to Washington and he’s your problem now, not ours.”

Cheney’s political career is best summed up by T.D. Allman who wrote an op-ed in The Rolling Stones on August 24, 2004 just before the presidential election, The Curse of Dick Cheney: The veep’s career has been marred by one disaster after another:

Should George W. Bush win this election, it will give him the distinction of being the first occupant of the White House to have survived naming Dick Cheney to a post in his administration. The Cheney jinx first manifested itself at the presidential level back in 1969, when Richard Nixon appointed him to his first job in the executive branch. It surfaced again in 1975, when Gerald Ford made Cheney his chief of staff and then — with Cheney’s help — lost the 1976 election. George H.W. Bush, having named Cheney secretary of defense, was defeated for re-election in 1992. The ever-canny Ronald Reagan was the only Republican president since Eisenhower who managed to serve two full terms. He is also the only one not to have appointed Dick Cheney to office. [….]

Now there’s something we can give Cheney credit for. With the re-election of George W. Bush, Cheney broke the jinx he was carrying around since 1969.  One would hope that Cheney, like other vice presidents before him, would have quietly faded into the woodwork.  Instead, Cheney continues to live in Washington DC, spending his time either at some conservative think tank function or GOP event or on the airways, relentlessly lashing out vicious and vile attacks on the sitting President.  His actions are unprecedented and begs the question did Cheney think that had John McCain won the election, would he have been appointed to a post in the White House once again?  Cheney’s problems, however, seemed to have stemmed far beyond a “jinx” or a “curse.” Again, T.D. Allman’s article:

This pattern of misplaced confidence in Cheney, followed by disastrous results, runs throughout his life — from his days as a dropout at Yale to the geopolitical chaos he has helped create in Baghdad. Once you get to know his history, the cycle becomes clear: First, Cheney impresses someone rich or powerful, who causes unearned wealth and power to be conferred on him. Then, when things go wrong, he blames others and moves on to a new situation even more advantageous to himself.

“Cheney’s manner and authority of voice far outstrip his true abilities,” says Chas Freeman, who served under Bush’s father as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. “It was clear from the start that Bush required adult supervision — but it turns out Cheney has even worse instincts. He does not understand that when you act recklessly, your mistakes will come back and bite you on the ass.”

Past mistakes seem to elude Cheney; he continues to repeat them.

Cheney is fast becoming a national embarrassment and permanent stain in our nation’s history.  His verbal attacks on President Obama go beyond expressing an opposing viewpoint.  With each passing day, Cheney’s actions confirm that he is by far the worst and most damaging person to have held the second highest office in our country ever.

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