Troll Model

From The New York Times:

Dick Cheney, Role Model

In all the talk about the vice-presidential debate, there was an issue that did not get much attention but kept nagging at us: Sarah Palin’s description of the role and the responsibilities of the office for which she is running, vice president of the United States.

In Thursday night’s debate, Ms. Palin was asked about the vice president’s role in government. She said she agreed with Dick Cheney that “we have a lot of flexibility in there” under the Constitution. And she declared that she was “thankful that the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president also, if that vice president so chose to exert it.”

It is hard to tell from Ms. Palin’s remarks whether she understands how profoundly Dick Cheney has reshaped the vice presidency — as part of a larger drive to free the executive branch from all checks and balances. Nor did she seem to understand how much damage that has done to American democracy.


Original DVD cover.

Mr. Cheney has shown what can happen when a vice president — a position that is easy to lampoon and overlook — is given free rein by the president and does not care about trampling on the Constitution.

Mr. Cheney has long taken the bizarre view that the lesson of Watergate was that Congress was too powerful and the president not powerful enough. He dedicated himself to expanding President Bush’s authority and arrogating to himself executive, legislative and legal powers that are nowhere in the Constitution.

This isn’t the first time that Ms. Palin was confronted with the issue. In an interview with Katie Couric of CBS News, the Alaska governor was asked what she thought was the best and worst about the Cheney vice presidency. Ms. Palin tried to dodge: laughing and joking about the hunting accident in which Mr. Cheney accidentally shot a friend. The only thing she had to add was that Mr. Cheney showed support for the troops in Iraq.

There was not a word about Mr. Cheney’s role in starting the war with Iraq, in misleading Americans about weapons of mass destruction, in leading the charge to create illegal prison camps where detainees are tortured, in illegally wiretapping Americans, in creating an energy policy that favored the oil industry that made him very rich before the administration began.

Ms. Couric asked Joseph Biden, Ms. Palin’s rival, the same question in a separate interview. He had it exactly right when he told her that Mr. Cheney’s theory of the “unitary executive” held that “Congress and the people have no power in a time of war.” And he had it right in the debate when he called Mr. Cheney “the most dangerous vice president we’ve had in American history.”

The Constitution does not state or imply any flexibility in the office of vice president. It gives the vice president no legislative responsibilities other than casting a tie-breaking vote in the Senate when needed and no executive powers at all. The vice president’s constitutional role is to be ready to serve if the president dies or becomes incapacitated.

Any president deserves a vice president who will be a sound adviser and trustworthy supporter. But the American people also deserve and need a vice president who understands and respects the balance of power — and the limits of his or her own power. That is fundamental to our democracy.

So far, Ms. Palin has it exactly, frighteningly wrong.

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26 responses to “Troll Model

  1. geez53

    Thanks nonnie,
    This was the scariest take-away from the debates IMO. The rest of her reasoning is just stupid, but this topic and her understanding of it is Scary Stupid. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but around here, this is one those things you should have learned in high school civics (had you been listening).

  2. If they had sex, the world would spontaneously combust.

  3. geez,
    i have no doubt that princess has absolutely no understanding whatsoever of what she was repeating. the really scary thing to me is that capt underpants had people who believe this $hit cramming it into her brain! 👿

  4. hello katie schwartz!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀 i recognize your name, because i have been to all the way from oy to vey a number of times. (and believe me, bubbeleh, i understand the language 😉 )
    if princess and deadeye dick had sex, i think i would spontaneously combust. at least, i would want to. now, please excuse me, i have to go sit in a corner and shudder.

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    scary scary scary!!!!!!!

    thanks nonnie, for THE TRUTH about our enemies.

  6. jlms qkw - jenn

    is that w and mccain in the little corner square?

  7. Got a Grip

    I can’t decide whether it’s worse to have an evil genius or an evil idiot pulling the puppet strings. Or maybe Dead-eye Dick will find a creative way to do away with Captain Underpants (like “accidentally” shoot him in the face on a friendly hunting trip). Then Palin will ascend to the throne, ol’ Dead-eye will be brought in to “guide” Sister Sarah, and anyone with half a brain will either flee the country or die of an apoplectic seizure.

    One month to election day. We’d better get our butts in gear and make sure we don’t have to find out which one of them is worse.

  8. jenn,
    it is scary that anyone would find anything positive about deadeye dick, let alone want to emulate him!
    yes, that’s chimpy and capt u in the corner.

  9. gotta,
    i doubt that deadeye dick plans on retiring in the true sense of the word. i am sure he has buddies in the pentagon who will do his bidding even after he has left office. i am sure he has his plants in a lot of governmental offices.

  10. Got a Grip

    Yes, ol’ Dead-eye is like the evil monster in those dreadful horror movies who you think has finally been killed but always shows up for yet another sequel of mass death and destruction. He infects others and his evil lives on.

  11. <i<i have been to all the way from oy to vey a number of times. (and believe me, bubbeleh, i understand the language)

    When I was in elementary school, I was once one of 3 students in a classroom of 30 on Rosh Hashanah. Everyone else was in temple. Does that count?

    BTW, I know I’m late, but better late than never.

    L’shana Tova!

  12. of course it counts, neon vincent. i am sure some of that yiddishness rubbed off on you. just wait to see how much fun when we have talk like princess sarah with a yiddish accent day! 😀
    l’shana tova to you, too, neon vincent. may it be a good year for all of us.

  13. If you took all that was evil about Dick Cheney and all that was dumb about George Bush and combined them into a cliche spewing, inane Mean Girl, you’d have Sarah Palin.
    Like Dick, she wants unbridled power.
    Like Bush, she wants zero accountability.
    Let’s just start calling her Sarah Dickbush.

  14. Some of the yiddishness has rubbed off on me. People regularly think I’m Jewish.

  15. What a horrifying poster. Seeing the two of them there are cringe-inducing. I like KDZ’s “Sarah Dickbush”. Very well said nonnie about the executive power. Remember, though, that the same idiots watching the debate who didn’t pick up on that are the same ones who didn’t bat an eye when Dead-Eye ‘n’ Shrub pretty much formally announced they were above the law about 1.5 years ago. I still am in shock that no one in the media reacted, or many citizens, either.

    We are the boiled frog.

  16. karen and helen,
    you guys reminded me that i had a campaign poster that goes well with the movie poster, and i reposted it.

  17. neon vincent,
    people thinking that you are jewish keeps the world in balance. they regularly think that i’m irish. 😉

  18. Hey I’m Irish! We & Jewish folk have a helluva lot in common, mostly our sense of humor!

  19. helen,
    i have found that jews and catholics are very much alike. irish and italian families have very much in common. maybe it stems from none of them being very welcome in this country when they first arrived. that kind of thing makes a sense of humor very important.

  20. LOL! I’m Irish, too! Well, isn’t that a switch?

  21. neon vincent,
    we should throw a kosher saint patrick’s day party!

  22. You are so not funny nonnie, why do I come here? I can never remember where I commented last…. maybe your site is making me forgetful…

    maybe I’ll pull the wrong lever 4 Nov…

    Oh yeah,,, Cheney for King!!!

    —————> 🙂

  23. what happened trm? you replaced fred thompson with the trailer trash from alaska?
    ———————-> 🙂

  24. jeb

    OK, now I know I’m the token WASP around here.

  25. jeb,
    it could have been worse. you could have been our token wingnut, but trm/buffoon has the corner on that title. 😀

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