Cheney in the House
While Liz Cheney of Keep America Safe spoke to a mostly-full Marriott Ballroom, a buzz circulated among event organizers: Trust us, you should be there. When Cheney wrapped, the surprise was revealed — her father, the former vice president, was on deck.
Dick Cheney entered the room to Beatles-on-Ed-Sullivan applause, the longest applause of the day so far. “If I keep hearing applause like that,” he said, “I’m going to have to run!” More applause. The former vice president’s speech was short, mostly platitudes about how much he enjoyed CPAC, and then he was spirited down to the radio booth of 920am with an entourage that included his other daughter, Mary Cheney.
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A crowd started to form, although no one not next to the radio mics could hear what Dick and Liz were saying. Members of the media were informed that this was his only interview — he was going to be rushed away immediately — but a group of Citadel cadets were allowed to stand along the path out for a quick photo.
“We’re all big fans,” said Gerry Ratchford, a junior at the Citadel. “I think it’s ridiculous that the sitting president and vice president feel like they need to engage him.”
Some members of the Cheney entourage were sporting “Draft Cheney 2012″ stickers, which were being passed out by GOProud, a gay Republican group. When I asked whether they endorsed such an effort: No comment.