On Friday, April 13, Dick Cheney made a speech to the founders of the Heritage Foundation (preaching to the choice) that included uncomplimentary references to George McGovern’s politics. Here is the text of that speech.
I love a lot of what McGovern has written but here’s just one part:
…After winning 11 state primaries in a field of 16 contenders, I won the Democratic presidential nomination. I then lost the general election to President Nixon. Indeed, the entrenched incumbent president, with a campaign budget 10 times the size of mine, the power of the White House behind him and a highly negative and unethical campaign, defeated me overwhelmingly. But lest Cheney has forgotten, a few months after the election, investigations by the Senate and an impeachment proceeding in the House forced Nixon to become the only president in American history to resign the presidency in disgrace.
Who was the real loser of ’72?
And, in a great conclusion:
We, of course, already know that when Cheney endorses a war, he exempts himself from participation. On second thought, maybe it’s wise to keep Cheney off the battlefield — he might end up shooting his comrades rather than the enemy.
On a more serious note, instead of listening to the foolishness of the neoconservative ideologues, the Cheney-Bush team might better heed the words of a real conservative, Edmund Burke: “A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.”
I’d say shame on Cheney for using such rhetorical, conclusory brushstrokes, and wrong ones at that, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what shame is.