Radio Pundit Mark Levin Calls Cheney “Rock Of Gibraltar”July 10, 2007
I listen to a lot of conservative talk radio, probably out of curiosity and the desire to learn about the various talking points that are put out there. That, and there really isn’t that much liberal talk around in this area. And I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but these on-air pundits have become increasingly piqued lately. Just…angry. I’m sure it has something to do with the state of the political landscape right now. Anyway…
After listening to Jason Lewis go on for about an hour calling Democrats and liberals ‘communists’ (loudly), the equally testy Mark Levin got on and eventually the subject of Cheney came up. Sure enough, Levin painted the VP as the best in history and then whipped out the ‘Gibraltar’ line. Now, I’ve heard these guys say some pretty rediculous stuff before, but this one made me spill my Dr. Pepper. I’ve never felt the urge to actually call one of these shows, but this was about as close as I’ve ever been to actually doing it. After hearing Levin cut off another dissenting caller in Hannity-esque fashion (mid-sentence), I thought better of it. Instead, I thought I’d put something in the blog, since there are still plenty of people out there that seem to look at Cheney as some sort of savior or something.
The love for Cheney appears to be centered around this sense of security that people are, for whatever reason, convinced that he delivers. But lets just think about that for a second, shall we? I mean, this was the guy who gave us baselessly optimistic phrases such as “greeted as liberators” and “last throes“, and when the Brits announced that they were going to be leaving Basra (while we were preparing for a ‘surge’), he gave us the patently absurd “Well, I look at it and see it is actually an affirmation that there are parts of Iraq where things are going pretty well”. In fact, I challenge any pro-Cheney reader of my blog to point to something that Cheney has said publicly that hasn’t turned out to be utter crap. And I’m not even going to mention the rediculous bombardment of over-hyping of the pre-war Iraqi threat.
I know, “mistakes were made”. Sure. It happens in any war. But this wasn’t one of those things where historians look back and determine that they didn’t bring enough Gatling guns to defend the flank or something. This was a VP that (mis)led us into a war with NO PLAN for the aftermath, while ignoring (seemingly) all the experts, scenarios, and war games that actually looked seriously at what we were really getting ourselves into. A war that all of our intelligence agencies concluded has made the overall terrorism problem worse. What sane person can say with a straight face that they actually trust this guy to keep us safe from terrorism under the guise of “understanding” the “enemy we face”? What defense is there for the most secretive, power hungry and demonstrably wrong VP in our nations history that isn’t based in pure partisanship? Someone better tell me, ’cause I can’t think of one.
“Rock of Gibraltar”? Seriously.
On a related note, the bill to impeach Cheney is slowly gaining support.