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Cheney Really Is Most Disliked, Poll Says: Implications For Executive Branch?

December 23, 2008

Most Americans do not approve of Dick Cheney as vice president.  But the bad news it that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are talking about a lesser role for the next Vice President and that may mean a lesser role for all future vice presidents.

Maybe the lesson should be that a guy like Cheney is never going to be popular in the polls — and maybe that is all right.  Maybe even a good thing.

Said Keating Holland, CNN polling director, “The messenger may be getting in the way of the message.”

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Well maybe, just maybe, Cheney should never have been a messenger and should not be spinning the message.  The man cannot spin.  He really is that sure and unaware or uncaring (probably the later, the man is very aware) about what many others think — even what they think of him.

Part of Cheney’s problem, if it is that, is that he never wanted to be liked and he never watched opinion polls.  He told Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday that he never watched the polls and concentrated on what he thought to be the “right thing.”

“I’m very comfortable with where we are and what we achieved substantively. And frankly, I would not want to be one of those guys who spends all his time reading the polls. I think people like that shouldn’t serve in these jobs,” Cheney said on “Fox News Sunday.”

A Fox News handout image shows US Vice President Dick Cheney ... 
A Fox News handout image shows US Vice President Dick Cheney (left) being interviewed by Mike Wallace in Washington, DC. Cheney has strongly defended controversial interrogations and surveillance operations in the US “war on terror,” while acknowledging he was not sure if terror mastermind Osama bin Laden was still alive.(AFP/HO Fox News/File)

But we are at war and in our constitutional system the executive branch is permitted greater scope and power during war — hundreds of Congressmen and Senators can’t even come up with an auto industry bailout let alone wage war.

So we have some regrets when we hear Barack Obama and Joe Biden talking about a diminished role for the Vice President…

I like Cheney’s use of the word “substantively.”  The Veep is not just a messenger to the media: he is the president’s “thinker in chief.”

Maybe we should allow the president to determine the value of the VEEP — not the polls.

Asked about Biden’s role as Vice President, Cheney said that he had heard that Biden was seeking a smaller role as Vice President but that “it will be President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to diminish the office of the Vice President”….

Sure.  Former Chaiman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden will be busy with the White House Task Force on Working Families.

A spokeswoman for the vice-president-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”

Maybe we are returing to the era of Vice President John Nance Garner who was quoted as saying his job was “not worth a bucket of warm spit.”

Or maybe future Vice Presidents will be more like dynamo Dan Quayle….


A new national poll suggests that almost a quarter of Americans think that Dick Cheney is the worst vice president in American history.

Twenty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday say that Cheney is the country’s worst vice president, when compared with his predecessors.

From Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

An additional 41 percent feel that Cheney is a poor vice president, with 34 percent rating him a good number two.

Only one percent of those polled say that Cheney is the best vice president in U.S. history.

“On the Sunday talk shows, Cheney took on the job of making the affirmative case for the Bush legacy,” said Keating Holland, CNN polling director. “But the messenger may be getting in the way of the message.”

Cheney steps down as vice president January 20. He will be succeeded by Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden listens as President-elect Barack ... 
Vice President-elect Joe Biden, in focus but in the shadow, listens as President-elect Barack Obama makes remarks.(AP Photo)

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