It wasn't that long ago that Dick Cheney was chastising Speaker of the House Pelosi for her supposed "bad behavior." But frankly, Cheney is at the top of the heap when it comes to bad behavior in Washington. Pelosi has nothing on him. Nor does anyone else in Washington, not even the President. Ounce for ounce, he is the single most sinister and secretive figure in American politics.
The Washington Post kicks off a 4 part series today on Cheney, and it promises to be revealing. The first article is damning, and should lead the House to offer more support to Kucinich's Cheney impeachment measure. I believe that it has six sponsors at this point, and that number is sure to grow. Here's a brief laundry list of areas where the vice-president has inserted himself, without having the constitutional authority to do so:
In roles that have gone largely undetected, Cheney has served as gatekeeper for Supreme Court nominees, referee of Cabinet turf disputes, arbiter of budget appeals, editor of tax proposals and regulator in chief of water flows in his native West. On some subjects, officials said, he has displayed a strong pragmatic streak. On others he has served as enforcer of ideological principle, come what may.
And of course, that's only a fraction of where he has extended his reach. A New York Times editorial that condemns the administration plays particular attention to Cheney:
Everyone knows this administration has disdained openness and accountability since its first days. That is about the only thing it does not hide. But recent weeks have produced disturbing disclosures about just how far Mr. Bush's team is willing to go to keep lawmakers and the public in the dark ... Vice President Dick Cheney sets the gold standard, placing himself not just above Congress and the courts but above Mr. Bush himself. For the last four years, he has been defying a presidential order requiring executive branch agencies to account for the classified information they handle. When the agency that enforces this rule tried to do its job, Mr. Cheney proposed abolishing the agency.
This man has got to go.