Dick Cheney: Hillary Should Run Against Obama

Former Vice-President Cheney wants to see a repeat of the 2008 primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:

Go for it, Hillary!

That was former Vice President Dick Cheney’s advice to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – take on Barack Obama in 2012.

“I think it would be good for the country [for Clinton to run for president], I think that it would be good for the Democratic Party – it might even help the Republicans a little bit,” the former Vice President said with a smirk, in an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl on Wednesday to promote his new memoir, “In My Time.”

The former vice president said that Clinton might have an opening due to the stagnant economy.

“Maybe if- the Obama record is bad enough- and these days it’s not very good, given the shape of the economy maybe there will be enough ferment in the Democratic Party so that there will be a primary on their side,” said Cheney.

Clinton has said on more than one occasion that this isn’t going to happen, but, just like the possibility of Chris Christie entering the GOP race, the media keeps bringing it up because it’s fund to talk about. Obviously, Cheney’s primary motivation here isn’t concern for Clinton’s political career or the Democratic party, but the desire to stir up a little chaos. Which is what he seems to do best.


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  1. Scott F. says:

    Darth Vader: Han Solo should duel Luke Skywalker with blasters

  2. legion says:

    Seriously – why is anyone but the right-wing talking-head circuit paying the slightest bit of attention to anything Cheney says? His “advice” to democrats is about as useful, relevant, and well-intentioned as Rush Limbaugh’s exercise plan.

    (Hey, if rightys can keep making ‘Michael Moore/Al Gore is fat’ jokes, I can do the same for Rush. So there!)

  3. James in LA says:

    Seat grand juries today. He hasn’t much time. Use Vermont as the model.

    They got Pinochet and Milosovic ‘ere the end.

  4. Dave Schuler says:

    That’s the second-worst advice I’ve seen all day.

  5. Fiona says:

    Why would anybody take advice from Satan. . .um, I mean, Cheney.

  6. Tom Hilton says:

    Shorter Cheney: “Let’s you and him fight!”

  7. al says:

    Is Cheney trying to stir up trouble, or does he think Hillary might run so he is saying she should so as to stop her from doing so. Hmmmmm. How crafty do you libs really think he is. I used to be a Democrat. I worked for the Clinton campaign in 2008. I respected her. I don’t anymore, because here is a woman who is a brainiac, intelligent, strong, a real leader, and she contented herself to play second fiddle to this loser we have in the white house, to this clown that was elected President.She should have thumbed her nose at S.O.S and spent the last three years planning her comeback run. I am not happy with the GOP field, and I would be glad to vote for a Democrat, but it won’t be this Democrat. The man is an airhead. Sarah Palin? This guy makes Palin look almost godlike. Wake up Dems. Your man is going down. Tell ya what, nominate Hill and she’s got my vote.

  8. al says:

    Satan is in the white house right now.