Back in the day, if you talked too much, you were called a chatterbox. Dick Cheney has now become a chatterbox. In a historic duel speech on May 22 Cheney was pitted against President Obama. Cheney, once known as the quiet one behind the scenes, has now become front and center. Mr. Cheney remained closed lips while he was vice president. He allowed George W. Bush to make all the speaking blunders. Now that he’s no longer vice president, he appears to be making up for lost time. He has now found his voice.
Yesterday’s speech duel between Cheney and President Obama struck me as odd for several reasons. First, when has a former vice president ever done such a thing? Historians say it’s never happened before. I know President Obama expressed no concern about Cheney’s speech. Dialogue is a good thing. Yet, I wondered what Cheney was up to with such a forceful attack on the President in a duel speech.
Is Cheney planning to head the Republican National Committee and replace Michael Steele? Is he planning to run for President in 2012? Is he merely seeking to join Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh and all the other clamoring Republican dissenters of change as the new voice of the Republican Party? Whatever the case, I wish he would take George W. Bush’s lead for once and remain silent. To me he’s acting in the words of singer James Brown and “Talking Loud and Saying Nothing”.
Perhaps, Attorney General Eric Holder should give him something to say. Attorney General Holder should investigate Cheney for any of his alleged illegal acts committed during the Bush Administration. Those are the same waterboarding acts that Cheney is defending. Perhaps, that might quiet his voice.