The Zen of Cheney

I'd like to associate myself with Jason Zengerle's remark that Dick Cheney "could well benefit from a round of media appearances - because, while his views may be crazy and alarmist, his public presentation of them isn't." The odd thing, of course, is that Cheney entered this Administration with a reputation for being anti-charismatic but deeply responsible, but if anything the reverse has proven true: When he's ventured out of the undisclosed location, he's actually been a much more compelling spokesman for the Administration than the President, even as he's been associated with many of its more reckless and tone-deaf policy decisions.

(Though he was against the Harriet Miers nomination: Credit where credit is due.)

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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