As the Faithful Correspondent noted in one of her comments, the Republican Big Tent is getting a lot smaller. She was seconded this past Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who asked if he had to choose, would prefer that the Republican Party was more the party of Rush Limbaugh than of Colin Powell:
CHENEY: Well, if I had to choose — in terms of being a Republican — I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think. My take on it was that Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican. […]
SCHIEFFER: And you said you’d take Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell?
CHENEY: I would. Politically.
That’s fine with me. It makes it very easy for me to ask any potential Republican candidate for any office whether or not they agree with Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh on the issues of the day.
Hilzoy notes another exchange in the interview that makes it pretty clear where Mr. Cheney’s moral compass is pointing.
SCHIEFFER: What do you say to those, Mr. Vice President, who say that when we employ these kinds of tactics, which are after all the tactics that the other side uses, that when we adopt their methods, that we’re weakening security, not enhancing security, because it sort of makes a mockery of what we tell the rest of the world?
CHENEY: Well, then you’d have to say that, in effect, we’re prepared to sacrifice American lives rather than run an intelligent interrogation program that would provide us the information we need to protect America.
I can’t top Hilzoy’s response:
Dick Cheney forfeited the right to lecture anyone on their willingness to sacrifice American lives the day he decided to deceive us into an unnecessary war. [Emphasis in the original.]
History may judge the Bush administration differently (although I doubt it), but it’s pretty clear that Dick Cheney is probably the most amoral person elected to national office since Andrew Jackson.