Joshua Zelinsky's blog on three things that you can't talk about in polite company: religion, politics and math.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Dick Cheney Undefeated
My twin has a piece up at the Huffington Post arguing that Dick Cheney's recent outspokenness is due in part to Cheney's unique political position as an undefeated Vice-President. Cheney is the first VP in a long time who did not end his political path in an electoral defeat. Aaron argues that this, combined with other historical factors, puts Cheney in a unique position where it is socially acceptable for him to be loudly critical of the current President. The piece is interesting although I think he doesn't address one reason why there is attention given to Cheney: The Republicans have no natural leader at this point and Cheney is one of the few people who potentially could fit in that position. In any event, the piece is worth reading and provides some interesting historic tidbits about prior VPs.