Cheney denies he's unpopular, blames manipulated polls

With all the torture confessing and historical revisionism coming out of Cheney recently, it was easy to miss this little glimpse into the mind of Dead-Eye Dick.

Of course, the usual delusional-or-lying caveat applies, but either way this is simply hilarious.

Whenever Cheney or Bush are asked about their historically low approval ratings, their response is always the same -- they don't govern based on polls. They don't care about polls. Yada Yada. But in his sit-down this week with the outgoing VP, Jim Lehrer kept pressing. After getting the scripted answer (Lehrer told Cheney that he's in Dan Quayle territory), Lehrer followed up twice. And Cheney finally engaged:

MR. LEHRER: So it doesn't trouble you at all to be leaving office next week with the overwhelming disapproval of the majority of the people, as measured by the polls? It doesn't bother you, personally?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: I don't buy that. No, first of all - I don't buy that.

And Cheney explains why he doesn't really believe that he has earned "the overwhelming dissapproval of the majority of the people" and why he doesn't think the Bush presidency is viewed as a failure:

The polls change all the time; they're easily manipulated by whoever wants to ask those poll questions; they go up; they go down.

Ah, yes, the polls they go up and they go down.

buh approval

Thanks for all the laughs, Dick. See you at your war crimes trial.

Tags: Dick Cheney, job approval ratings, schadenfreude (all tags)



Re: Cheney denies he's unpopular

Well, they go down anyway. He has that part right.

by redwagon 2009-01-15 07:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Cheney denies he's unpopular,

What the hell kind of meds is on he on? Whatever it is, it's time to up the dosage.  I think this guy is seriously nuts.

by Denny Crane 2009-01-15 08:08PM | 0 recs
Some day

Far, far in the future, I hope to see a nationally-prominent politician just come out and admit:

Yes, I pay close attention to the polls.

I want him or her to continue by saying:

I don't govern based on polls, I do what my conscience tells me to do, but I think it would be irresponsible to ignore what the country I'm governing wants. If they disagree with me, it means I need to do a better job convincing them, or it means I need to listen to other points of view and revise or re-evaluate my position. It's the responsible way to govern.

Then, I want them to finish with:

And the thing is, while individual polls every now and then might be manipulated or suspect, the vast majority of them are pretty good. Really, those statisticians know what they're doing, and they've been practicing and improving their techniques for a long time. I've studied the math behind it, and it's actually quite clever, the way they do what they do.

Some day, I want a politician to say all of that. I don't care what party he or she will belong to, I'll donate $20 to his or her campaign. And if I found out that he or she actually had studied the math behind it, I'll bump it up to $50.

I'm going to go back into my little math major corner now.

by Fitzy 2009-01-15 08:17PM | 0 recs

Cheney needs to take a walk down a street in Anywhere, USA - I think he'd learn quickly that the polls are not THAT wrong.

by nikkid 2009-01-15 09:48PM | 0 recs
He should have gotten the message in DC

When he threw out the first pitch at the Nationals game and got booed heartily. Yes, DC is a heavily Dem area, but sports fans generally tend to skew conservative. And if the baseball fans of DC hated him...

by ajpuckett 2009-01-15 10:25PM | 0 recs
Facts are meaningless

You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!

by JJE 2009-01-16 02:47AM | 0 recs


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