With Jeb!’s presidential campaign swirling the drain, I think it’s really cute how Papa Bush is now blaming the Cheney family and Donald Rumsfeld for the giant turd that is the Bush family legacy:
In interviews with his biographer, Mr. Bush said that Mr. Cheney had built “his own empire” and asserted too much “hard-line” influence within George W. Bush’s White House in pushing for the use of force around the world. Mr. Rumsfeld, the elder Mr. Bush said, was an “arrogant fellow” who could not see how others thought and “served the president badly.”
Mr. Bush’s sharp assessments, contained in a biography by Jon Meacham to be published by Random House next week, gave voice to sentiments that many long suspected he had harbored but kept private until now. While he continued to praise his son, he did tell Mr. Meacham that the younger Mr. Bush was responsible for empowering Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld and was at times too bellicose in his language
He speculated that Mr. Cheney was influenced by his wife, Lynne, and his daughter Liz, both strong conservatives. “I’ve concluded that Lynne Cheney is a lot of the éminence grise here – iron-ass, tough as nails, driving,” he said.
Talk about passing the buck. Not only does he blame Cheney and Rummy, he actually blames Cheney’s wife and daughter, too. Meanwhile W, his own demon spawn, is simply to blame for “letting” Cheney have too much power and using some impolite words.
What utter bullshit. W is the one who went to great lengths to make Cheney his veep in the first place. Many people have forgotten (or didn’t know to begin with) the court challenges to Cheney’s eligibility to be VP, which violated the 12th Amendment of the Constitution. An Appeals court stacked with Reagan appointees disagreed, but the fact remains, the Cheneys were residents of Dallas:
Cheney, a former Wyoming congressman, lived in Dallas while he was chairman of Halliburton Co. until he changed his voting registration to Teton County, Wyo., on July 21 — four days before becoming Bush’s running mate.
The campaign fought hard to keep Cheney on the ticket. This wasn’t W being a little too lenient with his veep. This was the GOP backing Darth Cheney’s agenda. I’ve always thought that there was some kind of coup within the Republican Party, a takeover by the oil interests who were hell bent on getting their hands on Iraq’s oil.
There were so many ways the Bush disaster could have been avoided. But it happened. W picked Cheney to be his vice president. W picked Rumsfeld. Jeb! did everything in his power to give his brother Florida’s electoral votes and the Supreme Court sealed the deal. Mistakes were made, sure, but the biggest ones seem to have been made by members of the Bush family itself. So don’t tell me the Iraq War and torture and our ruined economy and all the rest were really Liz Cheney’s fault. That’s fucking stupid.