Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

If you ever doubted that Bush is Pinky to Cheney’s the Brain, the Washington Post (via Steve Benen) has a profile of the Veep that ought to set you straight. Given as instead of doing the same thing Pinky and the Brain do every night (“Try to take over the world!”), Cheney sets up show trials for illegally held prisoners and figures out ways to spy on Americans without warrants, all without consulting anyone but his staff, the piece is a chilling read indeed.
The piece also reminds me of a conversation I had recently about how Cheney will be remembered. Up until now, Vice Presidents have tended to only be remembered if they later became president or if they were notable in other positions of power (like John C. Calhoun). This shouldn’t be too surprising, given as the Vice Presidency has historically been, in the words of John Nance Garner, “not worth a bucket of warm piss.” But Cheney has taken the position to a new level of prominence, even by the standards of recent “activist” VPs like Mondale or Gore. It more or less goes without saying that Bush will be remembered as one of the worst presidents in American history; but what about Cheney?

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