Thursday, May 21, 2009

Not Exactly Burr vs. Hamilton

Both President Obama and Dick Cheney are going to give speeches today on national security, and some folks in the media are framing it as some sort of cage match.

Not exactly.

As Steve notes, Barack Obama is the President of the United States, and Dick Cheney is a private citizen with an axe to grind. The only thing that makes it worth noting that Dick Cheney has been all over the talk-show circuit trying to rehabilitate his sorry name in his own charming way. Hey, Dick Cheney is free to say whatever he wants to whomever figures it’s worth the money to listen to him. I’m not sure why anyone gives a damn, but hey, it’s still a free country, despite his best efforts to the contrary.

CNN and MSNBC plan to carry Cheney live, stoking the “duel” meme. What, they couldn’t re-run an episode from “Lockup”?