GOP Politics Gets Nasty With Dick Cheney Family: Lynne Cheney Tells Former Sen. Alan Simpson To “Shut Up–Just Shut Up–Shut Up”

I am rather stunned that anyone thinks they can get the best of former Republican Senator Alan Simpson.    But when it is the Dick Cheney clan who thinks they have the upper hand over the most wily and creative verbal artist that roams Wyoming—then that makes for a great news story.

All this results from the Tasmanian she-devil better known as Liz Cheney (Darth Vader’s daughter) doing everything possible to somehow con the voters of Wyoming into giving her a senate seat.    Somehow Alan Simpson got to close to the vipers in the den and Lynne Chenny struck out like the snake we all know her to be.

Other Wyoming politicos who’ve tried to stay above the fray have found themselves drawn into the feud, notably Alan Simpson, the former Republican senator known for his crotchety demeanor. The Cheneys and the Simpsons were at a charity gala in Cody, Wyoming, when Lynne Cheney—Liz’s mother, Dick’s wife, and a writer of racy novels—allegedly approached Simpson and told him to “shut your mouth.” Simpson’s daughter-in-law posted about the incident on her Facebook page, and the local press picked up the story. Lynne issued a statement asserting that the interaction “simply did not happen.”

This denial apparently sent Simpson into a rage. He penned a remarkable 2,200-word letter to the Cody Enterprise recounting the whole shaggy-dog story from beginning to end: his admiration for Dick Cheney, his loyalty to Enzi, his repeated attempts to avoid getting dragged into conflict between the two camps. A literal political football is involved, as well as an organization called Cowboys Against Cancer and an invocation of the delightfully named late Wyoming Senator Malcolm Wallop. Simpson reaffirms the scene with Cheney—in his telling, she is holding a drink, and bursts out, “Oh, I’ve heard enough of that and I don’t want to hear anymore. I just want to tell you something, ‘Shut up—just shut up —shut up.'”

True to intemperate form, Simpson concludes by noting that he will not be called a liar by anyone. “I’ve been called fool, idiot, boob, bonehead, dink, slob, greenie, soot-covered slob, all the rest—and that is ‘fair,’ believe it or not, in politics,” Simpson writes. But in four decades, he adds, “I have never been called a liar before and it sure as hell won’t work this time.”

Vice-President Dick Cheney Over-Stepped HIs Bounds, As Did His Staff

There is one most delicious story in the Sunday newspaper that demands to be read.  In the book section Days Of Fire by Peter Baker is reviewed, and it is one amazing critique.

White House management in the first term could be summed up by the formula Dick Cheney > Karl Rove > Andy Card, with Bush a sometimes amused, sometimes frustrated observer of his administration’s internal power struggles. In the second administration, Bush replaced Card as chief of staff with a steely enforcer of presidential supremacy, the quiet policy wonk Josh Bolten.       

A story from 2007 shows the Bolten method in operation. The Supreme Court had decided to hear an important case on gun rights. Cheney discovered that Solicitor General Paul Clement planned to file a brief that fell short of Cheney’s own views. In protest, he signed his name to a much stronger brief filed by 55 pro-gun senators and 250 members of the House of Representatives.       

Bolten was appalled. He warned Cheney there could be only one administration position. “I did it in my capacity as president of the Senate,” Cheney answered. (Cheney made ingenious use of the constitutional quirk that makes the vice president both an executive and a legislative officer.) Cheney’s top aide, David Addington, reminded Bolten that he, Addington, was paid by the Senate, not the White House.       

“ ‘Understood,’ Bolten replied, ‘but if we have another episode like this, I will make sure that all of your belongings and your mail are forwarded to your tiny office in the Senate and you won’t be welcome back inside the gates of the White House.’ ”

Dick Cheney: Sarah Palin Was “A Mistake”

The whole world has been saying this for four years!  Now even Darth Vadar agrees.

In his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March, Cheney told ABC News, that John McCain’s decision to pick Palin as his running mate in 2008 was “a mistake” — one that it is important from Romney not to repeat.

It’s subject on which Cheney has some unique experience. He helped Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush lead their vice presidential searches and, of course, served as vice president for eight years. He’s also privately offered some advice to both Romney and Beth Myers, who is leading Romney’s search for a runningmate, on the process.

Cheney would not comment on what he told Romney and Myers, but he was harsh in his assessment of McCain’s decision to pick Palin.

“That one,” Cheney said, “I don’t think was well handled.”

“The test to get on that small list has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?’”

Cheney believes Sarah Palin failed that test.

“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate. But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test…of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.”

How Much Does A Dick Cheney Fundraiser For Mitt Romney Cost?

Only thing left out of this listing is how much it costs to kiss the ring.

VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY — fishing and joking again after bouncing after from his heart transplant in March – and his wife, Lynne, this evening host a mega-fund-raiser for Mitt Romney at their home in Jackson, Wyo., where they’re spending the summer. Playbook has a copy of the red, white and blue invitation, which spells out a four-tier event. The first three parts are at Teton Pines Country Club in Jackson Hole, an Arnold-Palmer created golf, tennis and dining resort that calls itself “Western-Elegant”:

–5 p.m., Host Committee Reception: “Contribute or raise $50,000 couple. ($50,000 contribution includes status as a Romney Victory Founding Member and preferred status at the Republican National Convention.)”

–5:30 p.m., Photo Reception: “Contribute or raise $10,000 per couple.”

–6 p.m., General Reception: “Contribute $1,000 per person.”

–7 p.m., Private Dinner: “Home of Former Vice President Dick and Lynne Cheney; address provided upon RSVP. Contribute $30,000 per person or couple.”

Dick Cheney’s Gay Daughter, Mary Cheney, Marries Heather Poe

All sorts of wedding news making CP tonight.

Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has married her long-time partner Heather Poe, The Daily Caller has learned.

Cheney spokeswoman Kara Ahern confirmed to TheDC that the couple married Friday morning in Washington, D.C.

In a statement provided to TheDC, both the former vice president and his wife, Lynne, said they are “delighted” the couple could have their “relationship recognized.”

“Our daughter Mary and her long time partner, Heather Poe, were married today in Washington, DC,” the Cheneys said.

Poe and Mary Cheney have two children: Cheney gave birth to a son in 2007, and a daughter in 2009. They live together in Virginia.

“Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized,” the Cheneys said. “Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness.”

Heart Transplant Costs $1 Million, How Does Dick Cheney Propose Average American Pay For One?

This is a perfect time to again discuss health care—and just in time for the Supreme Court arguments for the plan passed in 2010 that  started to move the issue closer to the goal line.

How would Dick Cheney have a person who needed a heart transplant pay for the $1 million procedure?


Dick Cheney Has Health Insurance, And New Heart

CP is wishing the Vice-President a full recovery. That is a most sincere statement.

Having said that however it must be noted that Dick Cheney has full health insurance coverage, but was never one to fight aggressively for the full coverage that all citizens should be granted in this country.

Tonight, though it may seem tacky, let us all understand the reality of the situation for the 99% and ask the obvious question.

If Dick Cheney had the same health care as the rest of everyday Americans would he be alive right now?  What if he were like the 47 million without health insurance? 

At some point down the road after his recovery—and we all want him to recover–I would like him to answer my question.

We all know that Dick Cheney served in congress and also as Vice President, entitling him to taxpayer-funded “socialist” health care for the rest of his life?  Does he have a better sense now of why health insurance is a good thing, and does he think this coverage is only for the rich and connected?

Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant on Saturday, his office announced. 

A statement from the former vice president’s office said the 71-year-old is now recovering in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., outside Washington.

The statement said Cheney had been on the transplant list for 20 months and did not know the identity of the donor. 

“Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,” the statement read.

Darth Vader Asks Why Sarah Palin Quit Job As Governor of Alaska

When will Sarah Palin address this question?

Maybe in her next book….

“I’ve never gotten around the question of her having left the governorship of Alaska in mid-term,” former Vice President Dick Cheney said today when asked about fellow Republican Sarah Palin and her suitability for national office.

“I’ve never heard that adequately explained. … I’d like to know more about that,” Cheney added.