You are hereBlogs / Barbara Gordon's blog / With friends like this...

With friends like this...

By Barbara Gordon - Posted on 02 November 2008

The man who is widely regarded as the mastermind behind George W. Bush's overwhelmingly unpopular tenure endorsed John McCain Saturday. Praising McCain as the candidate who "understands the danger facing America," Dick Cheney declared McCain the "right leader" for the country, and said he is "delighted" to publicly announce his support of both McCain and his runningmate.

You have to feel a little sorry for Senator McCain. After all, he's gone to all the trouble of distancing himself from the reputation of the George W. Bush presidency, and was fortunate enough to have Bush himself agree not to draw any undue attention to the administration these last few months. And yet in the end, just two days before the election, McCain picks up the enthusiastic support of none other than Darth Cheney. It is an unfortunate turn of events for McCain: Cheney has polled even less favorably than Bush with the American public. But no matter how unfortunate the endorsement, it's really quite fitting. As much as McCain and Palin may want us to believe otherwise, their ticket is nothing more than an attempt to sell us four more years of Bush-Cheney style politics.

Like Bush, McCain has already made it clear that he's comfortable exaggerating security threats in an effort to keep Americans in a state of fear. And like Bush, McCain is tapping into that fear in hopes of justifying military offensives. McCain has already warned us that for the sake of our collective security not only must we stay in Iraq, but we may need a "surge" in Afghanistan, a presence in Pakistan, and perhaps an intervention in Russia, as well. McCain's approach to foreign policy seems to be to bomb first and ask questions later, which in retrospect we now realize is precisely the philosophy Bush used when we invaded Iraq.

Like Bush, McCain is happy to rely heavily on deficit spending to fund his initiatives. During his eight-year tenure, Bush added four trillion dollars to the federal debt. McCain has proposed adding nearly five trillion more -- a result of his clever approach to budgeting that involves not just outspending current revenues, but simultaneously increasing spending while decreasing revenues. This kind of fiscal mismanagement is precisely what has caused the dollar's value to decline forty percent in the last six years. Forty percent! Consumers wonder why prices keep going up? Well it's large measure due to the plummeting value of our currency.

Like Bush, McCain has selected a vice president who is not (to put it mildly) a team player. Sarah Palin has made it clear in these last couple of weeks that she's in this for herself. She doesn't see herself as subordinate to McCain. She's been openly criticizing him and his strategies, and now she's abandoned them altogether in favor of her own. She is, it seems, determined to accomplish whatever she wants, whenever she wants, however she wants. And if you lend any credence to the essays published in the Washington Post last year, this is exactly how Cheney operates, too. And to that end, Cheney effectively turned the Bush administration into a vehicle through which he could accomplish all his own personal objectives. I think now nearly all of us realize that what Cheney had in mind was not in America's best interests. And here we have Palin, already making it clear that she answers to no one, and already announcing that she's "grateful that the Constitution allows a bit more authority given to the Vice President." Now there's a comment that should raise our eyebrows. She's already trying to sort out just how much power she'll have. But you've got to give her credit -- at least she's honest.

Those are three ways in which McCain-Palin represent an extension of Bush-Cheney. And there are others. Now McCain has worked hard to play the maverick and distance himself from Bush. But the American people are a pretty smart bunch, and I think they've seen through the act. They've disapproved of Bush-Cheney administration for years, and now they're rejecting the extension of that administration that McCain-Palin represents. So I can understand if McCain was a little disappointed to hear Cheney's endorsement Saturday. But on the other hand, when you review what McCain is proposing and compare that to what we've seen these last four years, you can't help but echo Obama in saying, "Congratulations on the Cheney endorsement, McCain -- you've truly earned it."


If Dick Cheney ever lets someone observe him long enough to get a sense of what's going on inside his skull, we might know whether he's malicious or dangerously delusional.

Sticker/sign tally in Orange County, CA:

  • Obama - 10
  • McCain - 3
  • (As of 2008/10/31)

"Powers by name; powers by reputation" -- Austin Powers.

"Dick by name; dick by reputation" -- Dick Cheney.

You win the prize!  Dead on!

Great blog, Barbara.  I've long felt that Cheney is actually evil.  He hasn't sold his soul, he has no soul.  While Bush is a big believer in "cowboy diplomacy", I think that in his heart he thinks he's right, but doesn't have the intelligence to be as devious as Cheney.  In other words, I think that in many ways Bush has been Cheney's puppet, and the puppet of the military-industrial complex, which, IMO are one and the same, with Cheney being the voice for the MIC.

I'm afraid that McCain, in his blind ambition to be president, has sold his soul to the same group.  Cheney would not have come forward with his endorsement at this stage of the game without the ok of the McCain camp.  That says a lot in and of itself, doesn't it?

Was Cheney that obtuse to actually believe his endorsement could help McCain??


It looks that way.  The scary thing is, it seems that McCain thought the same thing!
This is what I'm wondering. Surely he knew enough to keep his mouth shut?! Is he *trying* to take down McCain?

John, I am your father.  ~ Darth Cheney

Great post, Barbara.  Poor Johnny, can't get a break from these egomaniacs, but you can't blame Cheney for wanting to give one of his favorite sons a pat on the back and a thumbs-up.  Afterall, he truly has earned it. :)


I found some great quotes from two years ago. These guys are pretty close, apparently. McCain referred to Cheney as one of the best VPs we'd ever had, and when McCain was asked whether Cheney would have a spot in a McCain administration, McCain replied, "hell yeah!"

 This is just too comical - the Obama campaign has now put out a 30 second spot set to run on cable channels "starring" Dick Cheney and his endorsement of McCain:


"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." - Elbert Hubbard (R-Iowa 1905-1912)

By the way, Barbara - LOVE the pic of Cheney with your blog!  He looks more demented than usual....

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." - Elbert Hubbard (R-Iowa 1905-1912)

Could it be possible that the Cheney endorsement of McCain was Cheney's way of throwing McCain under the bus for his recent criticism of the administration?


RFO Outreach Coordinator

The enemy of "the best" is not "the worst." The enemy of "the best" is "good enough."

Follow RFO:

TwitterCafe PressFacebook




RFO Gear

Subscribe to General RFO Newsletter

General news and announcements for We will never share or sell your email address.