Nation editor: Republicans are no longer 'terrified' of Cheney
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday March 25, 2009

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's highly public criticism of President Barama Obama has been making even some Congressional Republicans nervous.

According to Chris Hayes, editor of The Nation, their reaction is perfectly understandable, both because Cheney is "toxic" and because Republicans "don't have anything to fear" from him anymore.

"You'd have to be a total moron not to understand the politics of Dick Cheney," Hayes told MSNBC's Keith Olberman on Tuesday. "He's a toxic figure politically. ... He left office as probably one of the least popular figures, the most distrusted figures in American life."

The Hill on Monday had quoted half a dozen Republicans who "are telling Dick Cheney to go back to his undisclosed location and leave them alone to rebuild the Republican Party without his input."

"With all due respect to former Vice President Cheney, he represents what’s behind us, not what’s ahead of us," Rep. Zach Wamp suggested.

"Why go public with this?" Olbermann asked Hayes. "Is there an implication there that private hints had been made to Mr. Cheney and maybe failed to get him to close his big bazoo?"

"I think this is actually more of the case that they don't have anything to fear from that guy anymore," Hayes replied. "I think they were probably terrified of him, and now that they don't, they feel perfectly liberated to repudiate him."

"Mr. Cheney doesn't get the real sense," Olbermann concluded, "that the more he talks, the more he may be inviting further inquiry into what he did."

This video is from MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, broadcast Mar. 24, 2009.

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Rice thinks Cheney should keep it to himself

During an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Condoleezza Rice said she disagreed with former Vice President Cheney speaking out against the current White House and said that she gives advice privately and keeps it to herself.

This video is from MSNBC's Morning Joe, broadcast Mar. 25, 2009.

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