Cheney Versus Powell

May 11, 2009 3:31pm

ABC’s Stu Schutzman from New York: Dick Cheney seems to be more visible now than he was for 8 years as Vice President.  He’s been all over the talk show circuit lately defending Bush Administration policies and criticizing the Obama Administration.  Unlike the former President, the former Vice President is sounding more and more like he’s trying to be the Republican elder statesman. In the wake of Arlen Specter’s recent defection to the Democrats, Cheney has been asked repeatedly if it would be in the best interests of the party to broaden its appeal; widen its tent. His answer has been consistently no, no need at all for the party to veer left. "We are what we are. We’re republicans," he told Bob Schieffer on this Sunday’s Face the Nation, "and maintaining our loyalty and commitment to those principles is vital to our success." Many Republicans believe just the opposite, that they could be doomed to wander the Sinai for decades if their politics don’t become a more user friendly.  Cheney would have none of it. "The suggestion our democratic friends always make is somehow, you know, if you Republicans were just more like Democrats, you’d win elections," he told Schieffer. "Well I don’t buy that. I think we win elections when we have good solid conservative principles to run upon and base our policies on those principles." The problem is the country has overwhelmingly rejected some of those principles as well as the direction it went with Bush-Cheney at the helm.  Doesn’t seem to matter to Dick Cheney. On Face The Nation, Schieffer asked Cheney where he stood on the recent feud between Republican polar opposites Rush Limbaugh and former Bush Secretary of State, Colin Powell. "Well," he said, "if I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh…my take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican." Cheney and Powell were never known to be very close, personally or politically. Now they’re opposite ends of a party which is shrinking.

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