Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 16:49 | SYDNEY
Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 16:49 | SYDNEY

What does Cheney really think of Palin?


Michael Fullilove


5 November 2008 08:20

John McCain probably felt he needed Dick Cheney's endorsement like a hole in the head — but now he's got it. Barack Obama made hay with the announcement, congratulating McCain and asserting that he'd worked hard to get it, by voting with President Bush 90% of the time.

But I was intrigued to hear what Cheney had to say about McCain's VP pick, Governor Sarah Palin. He called her 'a running mate with executive talent, toughness and common sense'. I wonder, though, if Cheney really believes this, in his 3am moments (assuming he has them).

I'm sure he approves of her political leanings on the war against terror and the roles played by good and evil in the affairs of humankind. But whatever you think of Cheney, he's a person of real substance. He has seen everything and he knows everyone. He has massively expanded the powers and influence of the Office of the Vice President. So I'm intrigued to know what he really thinks about the prospect of being replaced in that job by a complete novice who has plainly never found the time over the past decade to acquaint herself with the most important issues facing the United States.