Dang.

You’d be hard pressed to find a better illustration of the fundamental differences between George W. Bush and most of the national press corps than this:

When a reporter noted that Edwards was being described as “charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist and even sexy” and then asked “How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?” the president immediately responded, “Dick Cheney can be president. Next?”

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21 Responses to “Dang.”

  1. Scott Ferguson Says:

    The man is sharp. W, that is.

  2. Matt Says:

    Yeah, they’re always misunderestimating W. Edwards is their Quayle – a lot of the tennis balls they lobbed at him will become gunstones when returned at Edwards.

  3. Yehudit Says:

    Well, Cheney can be president if he doesn’t die of a heart attack first. Don’t think that won’t come up. I still think Cheney should gracefully step aside claiming health reasons and let Bush pick Condi or Rudy or McCain.

  4. Franck Says:

    Edwards is incredibly insubstantial. He smiles nice and has a fetching accent but he’s worse than Quayle when it comes to intellectual gravity.

  5. D Says:

    The Master of the Universe had this mug pegged a while ago.

  6. Robert Says:

    And what does charming, engaging, etc. have to do with being a heartbeat away from the presidency?

    BTW, I still think Cheney will step aside at some point for “health” reasons, and Condi will step in.

  7. Outside the Beltway Says:

    Beltway Traffic Jam

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  8. Crusader Says:

    I wishCheney would step aside, and the Repubs would grab JC Watts. Then in 2008, we could have a Watts/Rice ticket!

  9. Slant Point Says:

    Edwards in a Sentence

    When a reporter noted that Edwards was being described as “charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist and even sexy” and then asked “How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?” the president immediately responded, “Dick Cheney can be president…

  10. Liberal Larry Says:

    But you see, we’ve already got you beat. Instead of printing the exchange as it really happened, we’re printing it like this:

    “President Bush on Wednesday curtly dismissed freshman Sen. John Edwards’ credentials to be vice president while Democratic challenger John Kerry and his running mate rallied voters in battleground states. “Dick Cheney can be president,” Bush declared, and Kerry suggested that was part of the problem.

    Doesn’t sound so witty when you phrase it that way, does it?

  11. b-psycho Says:

    Some would argue Cheney practically IS president. Not saying I personally would, but some will…

    That reporter is a moron though. Way to really contribute to the dumbing down of politics, the jerkoff.

  12. nash Says:

    I don’t know much about Republican Party politics, but I cannot imagine that any of the Party leaders with an eye on the Presidency will allow Condi or Rudy to become VP. I’m sure there are plenty of powerful Republicans advising Bush to keep Cheney so that they will have a shot at the Presidency in 2008.

    I’d love to see Condi replace Cheney and Cheney replace Powell, but I think that’s just dreaming. I don’t see the Republican Party leaders being that smart and self-sacrificing to let that happen.

  13. Gary B Says:

    I think Cheney will be an important asset in the next administration but will be wasted as a VP. Cheney has the brass ones to reform the CIA and the State Department, both badly in need of change. If McCain is on board with Rummies thoughts on military transformation, I can see him at the DoD. I’d much rather have Rummy stay on but I’m afraid he will leave.

    Bush needs some real ball busters in the next administration

  14. David Mercer Says:

    I’d have much less of a problem with a second Bush term if he ditched Ashcroft as AG. Not that the last Dem. AG was much to my liking either!

    Which reminds me of a brainstorm I think I had here once before for a Constitutional Amendment: make AG nationally elected, then we could vote for how much oppresive social enforcement we want to put up with from the Feds. seperately from who we want to run the show at the top in regard to foreign policy.

    Just a thought….

  15. Mark Says:

    Replace Cheney with Quayle! Bush/Quayle has beaten a Masachusetts liberal and a southern “moderate” before…

    Yes, I kid…

  16. Sandy P Says:

    State cannot be reformed. Their work rules forbid it.

    Powell cannot fire anyone, it’s up to a committee of State staffers.

    There’s a book out about State, and someone recently posted somewhere that way back in the Carter era, a State employee was fired by the head (can’t remember who) for stealing/fraud.

    Took State to court and won w/job back. The SOS does not have the authority to fire.

  17. Gary B Says:

    Change the work rules. Rules are just rules. When they have outlived their usefulness, change them.

  18. Inoperable Terran Says:

    Bitchslap

    Check out why W. is cool and the media aren’t….

  19. small dead animals Says:

    Next?

    When a reporter noted that Edwards was being described as “charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist and even sexy” and then asked “How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?” the president immediately responded, “Dick Cheney

  20. Michael Lonie Says:

    David,
    A more appropriate electoral reform would be to elect Supreme Court Justices, to determine how much oppressive lawmaking by judicial fiat we have to put up with in order to satisfy the advocates of the trendy fads of the shallow zeitgeist. Even with judicial review, judges are supposed to interpret and apply the law, not make it or remove political issues from the decisionmaking by the elected representatives of the voters.

    As for Ashcroft, let me know when he’s massacred several dozen people, then we’ll talk about getting rid of him.

  21. Attila Girl Says:

    I’d rather see Condi run than Cheney. And I’m not convinced it won’t be Jeb Bush.

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