Dick Cheney, Conservative of the Year
Human Events gives the title to the former vice president in an op-ed penned by former UN Ambassador-turned-omnipresent critic of the Obama administration John Bolton. And there is a strong case to be made that it’s on foreign policy and civil liberties issues that the Obama administration has been most disappointing to the left and most encouraging to neoconservatives. Bolton argues, cuttingly, that the Democratic offensive against Cheney — easily the most despised conservative figure among liberal activists — is an acknowledgment that he got his way.
Cheney knows that the personal attacks on him, as offensive as they are, in reality constitute stark evidence that Obama and his supporters are simply unable to match him in the substantive policy debate. An old lawyers’ cliché says: “If the law is against you, pound on the facts; if the facts are against you, pound on the law; if the law and the facts are against you, pound on the table.” Obama and his supporters are doing the political equivalent of continuous table-pounding, because that’s basically all they have to offer. Cheney’s unwillingness to be deterred by the media assaults on his character, his judgment and his performance in office are therefore his most impressive force multiplier with the general public. Outside-the-Beltway Americans see him for exactly what he is: a very experienced, very dedicated patriot, giving his fellow citizens his best analysis on how to keep them and their country safe.