Apart from giddy Republican dittoheads and political commentators anxious for something to write about, does anyone actually give a crap about what Dick Cheney says?
Former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted President Obama as the weakest president of his lifetime on Wednesday, following the president’s speech defending his foreign policy approach at the West Point commencement ceremony.Wow, that's ... thought-provoking. By which I mean it's anything but thought-provoking -- it's trash talk, it's an old white grump's version of the dozens, it's the political equivalent of what compulsive hecklers like Robin Ficker do from the stands at sporting events. Does anyone actually ponder the content of what life-wasters like this say? No -- maybe we find it colorful, maybe we think, "Ooooh, snap!" -- or, if we're, y'know, adults, we think, Really? On your deathbed, you're going to look back on spending years of your life doing this and feel it was time well spent?
"He is a very, very weak president," Cheney said in an interview with Fox News. "Maybe the weakest -- certainly in my lifetime.
Cheney shakes his fist impotently at Obama over and over and over and over and over and over. It's supposed to make him look tough, but, hey, Obama's still in the Oval Office (remember when Cheney called Obama a "one-term president"?) and Obama's first secretary of state is the favorite to be Obama's successor, while Cheney's still yelling with nothing to show for it. Cheney's not a tough guy -- Cheney is Wile E. Coyote.
Or he's Todd Kincannon:
J. Todd Kincannon, the former chairman of the election commission in Simpsonville, S.C., has been known to say some offensive things. He recently said transgender people should be "put in a camp"; he tweeted, "Hey what's the difference between Trayvon Martin and a dead baby? They're both dead, but Pepsi doesn’t taste like Trayvon"; and he once called Wendy Davis a "whore."And that was before his series of attack tweets in response to last weekend's Isla Vista murders. Oh, but those messages are infantile, and Cheney is so serious. No, Cheney's not serious. There's less of an Andrew Dice Clay feel to his trolling, but it's otherwise the same. It's Kincannon with a fake air of genuine concern for welfare of the Republic (and with, admittedly, no penis tweets so far), but no one except the naive is fooled: Cheney's doing this for exactly the same reason as Kincannon: because he's having fun.
Cheney adds nothing to the foreign policy conversation. Insult comedy doesn't count.