‘Dump Cheney’ just Dem-inspired hot air

By Les Kinsolving

From Los Angeles, the New York Times reports that up-for-re-election U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., moved a campaign crowd that “roared with approval” when she declared: “I want a vice president who doesn’t need anger management!”

Is Sen. Boxer possibly unaware that Rolling Stone magazine, published Sen. Kerry’s use of the F-word? And Kerry has not been plagued in any way by Vermont’s sometimes-infuriating Democrat senator, Patrick Leahy, who cast aspersions on the vice president’s integrity.

Vice President Cheney, I have said, made a mistake using that obscenity – as did Kerry. But in a C-Span interview with Steve Scully, Cheney explained some of the extenuating circumstances:

“Well, my set-to with Sen. Leahy was, I’d say, a private moment. The Senate wasn’t in session. We were waiting to take our picture, but he had challenged my integrity. And I didn’t like that …

But what I really didn’t like was after he had done so, then he came over – and he had done that in a public forum – and then he came over on the Senate and tried to put his arm around me and treat me as though I was his best long-lost friend. And I didn’t appreciate it. And I spoke rather forcefully of what I thought about his action, and then walked off.

In Minneapolis, the vice president campaigned in the company of Sen. Kerry’s first choice as running mate, Arizona’s Sen. John McCain. And Cheney was more than sufficiently articulate. So, those Democrat-originated “He-Will-Be-Dumped” stories are typical campaign hot air.

“These are not the times for leaders who shift with the political winds,” Mr. Cheney said. “Terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength – they are invited by the perception of weakness.”

While describing the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry, as unable to make up his mind, Mr. Cheney took an indirect swipe at Mr. Edwards, a former trial lawyer: “For the good of the economy we need to end lawsuit abuse,” Mr. Cheney said. “It is a lot easier for American businesses to hire more workers if they don’t have to hire more lawyers.”

The allusions to Sens. Kerry and Edwards drew cheers from the audience of supporters in a Midwestern battleground state.

In warming up the audience before the rally, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, used a multiple-choice pop-quiz to compare the men: “What is more important to you in a vice president? A. What is in his head? or B. What is on his head?” Mr. Pawlenty asked. “This is a case of style vs. substance and steak vs. sizzle.”