Idiot Villagers: Cheney Can Trash Obama, Obama Can't Defend Himself
Other than Republican insiders and their corporate owners, there may be no lower forms of life in the U.S. than mainstream corporate media hacks. In what should be considered bizarre, but is only too typical of their pernicious snickering sniping, it somehow has become acceptable in their eyes for a newly former vice president to launch cynically divisive bromides at a popular and newly inaugurated president, while it is a veritable crime against humanity for that president's spokesman to retaliate in kind.
It took Dick Cheney mere weeks into Obama's term of office to accuse the new president of endangering America. As reported by the Drudgerific Politico:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.
In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney unyieldingly defended the Bush administration’s support for the Guantanamo Bay prison and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects.
You had to love it. Or something. Defending his own war crimes while accusing Obama of enabling terrorism. How dignified and statesmanlike for a new ex-Veep. But why would anyone expect anything other from one of history's most loathsome excuses for a human being? And when Cheney repeated his garbage, in a recent puffball interview by the mindless John King, the White House decided to respond.
As Joan Walsh recounts:
I loved the way White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed former Vice President Dick Cheney's outrageous claims – for the second time – that President Obama is somehow making the nation less safe. "I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy," Gibbs said in response to Cheney's insults. "So they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal."
I expected more outrage about Cheney's divisive and baseless charges. Since when do former vice presidents pounce on a new administration so quickly? Since never. Cheney's continuing his political hatchet man role, so why shouldn't Gibbs hit back?
Instead, though, a lot of the outrage, or at least tut-tutting, has been at Gibbs.
That's right. Cheney viciously smearing Obama is okay. Obama's spokesman defending Obama and criticizing Cheney is not.
The scribblers from the White House Press Corps have dropped their teacups and opened windows for air after the vicious, uncouth attack on their dear friend Dick Cheney by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Rick Klein, chief towel-washer at ABC's The Note (they still print that?), exclaimed "Wow—we’re talking about the former vice president here." NBC's First Read (Facebook to The Note's MySpace) tut-tutted about the return of "petty political squabbling." And Chip Reid, bravely bold Chip Reid, after choking back tears and bolstered by the support of his fellow Villagers, stood up to that horrible bully and gave him a piece of his mind (hopefully he has some left):Reid: Can I ask you, when you referred to the former Vice President, that was a really hard-hitting, kind of sarcastic response you had. This is a former Vice President of the United States. Is that the attitude—is that the sanctioned tone toward the former Vice President of the United States from this White House now?
The Village is rising in solidarity to defend and protect that most fragile of egos, Dick Cheney. Because they have respect for the institutions and the office, you see.
The double standards of the Idiot Villagers could not be more perfectly proven. Defending a sitting president is less important than defending a perfidious ex-vice president. Provided the ex-veep is a corporate fat cat Republican warmonger war criminal, and the sitting president is an outsider.
Dick Cheney is one of the most divisive -- and disliked -- political officials in memory. Maybe Chip Reid and Rick Klein haven't heard, but he just presided over the virtual collapse of the American economy and is directly implicated in severe war crimes and other pervasive criminality. Yet they speak of him -- and demand that everyone else treat him -- as royalty: This is the former Vice President of the United States you're talking about; have you no decency?
Divisive, disliked, and a disaster, while in office. But he's one of them. The right kind of people.
In closing, I'll just refer back to an old digby classic: who do they think they are?