Friday, November 27, 2009

God help us: Group tries to convince Cheney to run in 2012

As if our party wasn't screwed up enough as it is, jokers like this try to destroy what is left after Bush trampled the GOP legacy.

Washington (CNN) – A new group wants former Vice President Dick Cheney back in the White House.

The organization - "Draft Dick Cheney 2012" - launched on Friday, and unveiled their new Web site. Their aim: To convince the former vice president to seek the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House. But there may be a major roadblock to the group's pitch - Cheney himself.

"The 2012 race for the Republican nomination for President will be about much more then who will be the party's standard bearer against Barack Obama, the race is about the heart and soul of the GOP," said Christopher Barron, one of the organizers of the Draft Cheney movement. "There is only one person in our party with the experience, political courage and unwavering commitment to the values that made our party strong – and that person is Dick Cheney."
The former vice president has been a frequent outspoken critic of the Obama administration's security policy. He recently suggested that Obama was "dithering" over deciding on adding more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. National polls suggest that the former vice president remains popular among conservatives and Republicans.

Does Cheney want to run for the White House? He was quite blunt earlier this month about whether he had any desire make a bid for the presidency in the next election. At an event in Houston for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who's running for Texas governor, Hutchison was joined by Cheney, who endorsed her bid against fellow Republican incumbent Rick Perry. During the rally, Hutchison yelled out to the crowd "Cheney 2012!" and some one in the audience quickly responded "We need you, Dick!"

Cheney's response: "Not a chance."

Barron says the group hopes to follow up Friday’s Web launch with a more formal structure, which will include building a database and reaching out through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Barron adds that there is no budget set yet, and that the effort is grassroots at this point. He says the group plans on targeting tea party events and plans on building grassroots chapters in key early presidential caucus and primary states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

I have a great idea! Let's run a Cheney/Palin ticket in 2012. That way we are guaranteed that we'll either lose, or if we win, this country will lose.


Patrick M said...

Not that I'd be totally opposed to a Cheney/Palin ticket, but it's suicide.

The GOP doesn't need to keep going with political inbreeding to find candidates. It needs a real conservative leader, and maybe a more moderate VP for all you RINOs. Then maybe it might be a party that stands for something.

James' Muse said...

Exactly, Patrick. I wouldn't be opposed to Romney. I liked Guiliani last year...he really held NYC together in '01. He's a good leader.

Tom said...

The only ticket worse, would be Palin/Bachmann.

Susannah said...

Not a chance Cheney would run. Palin, maybe, but I'm thinking not.

Beg to differ, Tom, Bachmann's one of the toughest cookies out there. Palin/Bachmann w/ the decisiveness/precision of thinking of Cheney - now there's a ticket.

(Of course, James, you'll guess I disagree w/ your premise.)

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Tom said...

Then make it Bachmann/Palin, but with a ticket like that Republicans will be lucky to get 30% of the National vote.

T. James said...

Hah, a Palin ticket. Oh boy, I never thought I'd see a party draw and quarter itself with such deft skill, but you put a Constitution spiting old man shooter and a radical Barbie soccer mom with twelve guage accessory included and you either have three options; Write a porn, a soap or a doomsday romantic comedy. But that's just my opinion.

James' Muse said...

Susannah, idealogical differences aside, Palin has yet to prove she's anything more than an emtpy, um, suit. She doesn't have any substance to her opinions. Did you see her on O'Reilly? She just sat there and avoided questions like a pro. And Cheney? The republican party would never win with that ticket. Only about half of the GOP (if that) would vote for him, and many people in the country consider the man a war criminal. If you think it's bad with Obama in office, put Cheney and Palin in the white house and we'd have REAL problems.

But happy thanksgiving to you as well.

TRUTH 101 said...

This shows a great paradox in the republican party. As good a job as it has done beating up on Obama. And the political hack in me respects a good beatdown. Despite the fact that Obama is mostly continuing Bush policies and operating with Bush's last budget, they turn around and make themselves look like idiots with Palin and Cheney at the top of their list of candidates in 2012.

It takes great organization and discipline to do the beatdown on Obama as well as they have done. But this also shows that that is all they are good at in the end. They can't govern. All they can do is smear and hope enough people are blinded by their attacks that they don't notice how bad they are at the things that matter.

Call me Lennie said...

Why the hell would you care?

Your a Lib!

James' Muse said...

Lennie: You don't know me, you don't read my blog, so you really shouldn't be passing judgement on me. Troll.