Liz Cheney Should Not Sling Charges of Hypocrisy
For all his talk about how he doesn’t care about opinion polls, former Vice President Dick Cheney is narcissistically incapable of criticizing President Obama constructively, as Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote the other day. It evidently runs in the family. Here’s daughter Liz on MSNBC, accusing Eugene Robinson of hypocrisy:
“I haven’t seen similar columns from you or, frankly, anybody else saying things like Al Gore should go back to Tennessee and Al Gore [is] somebody who is very vocal, very much out there,” she said.
Resurfacing before a partisan crowd, former Vice President Al Gore declared tonight that ”George W. Bush is my commander in chief” and implored Democrats and Republicans alike to offer Mr. Bush their unwavering support.
The Times described that September 30, 2001 appearance as Gore’s “first major political appearance since he lost the White House.” Somehow, when Bush chose not to respond to, say, the U.S.S. Cole attack, Gore found a way not to accuse Bush of imperiling the nation, preferring such high-profile fora as teaching a journalism class at Columbia. Nor did he, after more Americans died from terrorism under Bush’s watch than under any other presidency, press a partisan attack. Because that would have proved he was a small man during a big moment. Strange how that works.