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BuzzChat Friday: Cheney rips Obama for bailing on Iraq

Dick and Liz Cheney
Dick and Liz Cheney

“Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change.” — former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz on the situation in Iraq.

The Cheneys wrote that “rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shot back, saying Republicans are out of step with most Americans who opposed the Iraq war and are opposed to new military action in the country. “Do the Republicans and their leader believe that servicemen and women in Kentucky and the other 49 states in this great country should be inserted in the middle of their civil war? I don't think so.” Please note Cheney’s chutzpah in criticizing Barack Obama on Iraq. I mean, wow.

“Medicaid is just a great example of where the current majority has worked around an ideological agenda instead of focusing on practical problem solving that would benefit Missouri families, Missouri communities and Missourians.” — Missouri Democratic Party chair Roy Temple on an issue that he says will help Democrats pick up seats in the General Assembly in the November mid-term election. (link courtesy of

Perhaps, but even Democratic insiders are quietly saying they aren’t expecting big things in November for their party following a so-so candidate recruiting year. Just how powerful a tool Medicaid expansion is as an issue remains to be seen in a state that reviles Obamacare.

“Incredibly false.” — Julie Burkhart, executive director of an abortion-rights political committee, responding to a charge that it used PAC money to help start a new abortion clinic on the site of the late Dr. George Tiller’s medical building in Wichita.

The AP reported that the political committee reported last year that it had received $8,410 in payments from the clinic and listed that same amount as a debt owed to the committee for office furniture. “We believe that they were improperly giving startup money to the abortion clinic,” said anti-abortion leader Cheryl Sullenger. “There are still a lot of questions we have.” Burkhart said the political committee has been disbanded.

“That’s not what happened.” — an Obama campaign veteran who asked not to be identified on a claim by Hillary Clinton in her new book that the Obama team had wanted to attack vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008 essentially for being a woman.

The campaign veteran said the issue was Palin’s lack of experience to be a heartbeat away from the presidency — not Palin’s gender. Still, the story illustrates the growing strains between the Obama gang and Clinton’s group as she gears up for what’s expected to be a 2016 race for the White House. She inevitably is going to have to distance herself from an unpopular president, and that almost certainly will cause problems.

“You look at this presidency and you can’t help but get the sense that the wheels are coming off.” — House Speaker John Boehner.

Boehner makes solid points about an array of issues: fixing the VA system, IRS stonewalling and others. But the GOP’s penchant for criticizing the Democratic president consistently on foreign policy isn’t helpful. Long ago are the days of displaying a bipartisan front on such matters.

“If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent.” — former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer in an interview with National Journal.

For the record, Cantor has been married to his wife for 25 years and has three children. Schweitzer is seen by some Democrats as presidential timber. But comments like this could put those ideas to rest.