- Bush bowed to hostile public opinion
- Bush "moved away" from him on waterboarding, secret CIA prisons, and domestic surveillance
- Bush ignored the possibility of "regime change" in North Korea and Iran
- Bush fired Rumsfeld and left Scooter Libby out to dry
Here's how pundits are receiving news of the Cheney tell-all:
- Now We'll Get the Full Scoop, says Annie Laurie at Balloon Juice. "I know a lot of us DFHs feared that the horrors of the Cheney Regency would never receive a public airing, if only for fear of the War Crimes Tribunal, but perhaps vanity will achieve what mere human decency and the rule of law never could I look forward to further revelations with interest, and popcorn."
- Proof of Cheney's Hubris, says Alex Massie at the Spectator (UK). "It's almost as if the Vice-President was horrified to discover that the President had ideas of his own."
- All He Cares About is Libby, says BooMan of Booman Tribune. " His loyal soldier was left on the battlefield without the right to a law license he could use to enrich himself in his post-government years...Strange what Cheney chooses to feel guilty about. Isn't it?"
- Bush Is Starting to Look Good, says The Cajun Boy at Gawker. "Cheney's post-presidency attacks on him are enough to make even the most dedicated Bush-hater feel sorry for him, even if only just a bit."
- Whatever Happened to Cheney's Loyalty? says James Joyner at Outside the Beltway. "Unless one resigns in protest, one owes a certainly loyalty to those
whom one serves."
It was just a few months ago that the media was transfixed by Dick Cheney's new-found nose for the spotlight... What explains Cheney's silence?