By Susan D. Harris
On Wednesday night’s edition of Special Edition with Brett Baier, The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard had nothing less than a hissy fit over Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent comments during a Playboy interview.
The subjects of Stoddard’s attack were two Cheney quotes presented for commentary by Baier. The first concerned whether Mr. Cheney felt that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were correct in suggesting that race played a role in some attacks against them. Cheney responded:
I think they’re playing the race card, in my view. Certainly we haven’t given up—nor should we give up—the right to criticize an administration and public officials. To say that we criticize, or that I criticize, Barack Obama or Eric Holder because of race, I just think it’s obviously not true. My view of it is the criticism is merited because of performance—or lack of performance, because of incompetence. It hasn’t got anything to do with race.
The other quote was a response to Obama’s claim that under his leadership, “core Al Qaeda” has been decimated. Cheney answered:
It’s a very dangerous situation. I think the threat is growing steadily, and I think our capacity to deal with it is rapidly diminishing. I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president in my lifetime, without question—and that’s saying something. I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation—it’s a tragedy, a real tragedy, and we are going to pay a hell of a price just trying to dig out from under his presidency.
After this quote, Stoddard passionately responded:
It’s just so gratuitous and undignified and unnecessary. There’s so many things he could have said in this interview…just because you feel something, even things that are true, doesn’t mean you should say them.
She went on to say that Cheney could have said “we need to build up our military, there’s a caliphate building by both the Islamic State and Iraq…Maybe he didn’t see race in the Ferguson riots. But he just cannot stop piling on, and it’s beneath the dignity of his office as it was when Biden said that blacks would be back in chains. What he does is he helps Democrats raise money on this notion that people have this Obama derangement syndrome…I just think it’s unnecessary.
Stoddard seemed to miss the gravity of what Cheney said. We are going to have to pay a hell of price for what Obama has done to this country; the former vice-president only said what millions of Americans strongly believe.
I’d like to ask Ms. Stoddard, “What exactly is Obama derangement syndrome?” Is it the fact that millions of Americans are out of work and the national debt has reached historic levels? Is it the fact that the entire Middle East is on fire and our current administration has repeatedly degraded Israel and her leaders while they come under increasing threat from that fire? Is it the fact that Conservative organizations were unable to raise funds prior to the 2012 presidential election because Obama’s IRS targeted them? Is it the fact that an American ambassador and three others were killed at Benghazi and the President and his staff continually lied to the American people about the attack? Is it the fact that an unconstitutional healthcare system was forced down Americans throats and many of us with chronic or terminal health problems are finding it harder to get decent healthcare than before Obamacare?
If that’s Obama derangement syndrome, then yes, we have it in spades.
Just a couple of days ago, Obama threw the blame darts once again, saying that ISIL was a “direct outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion.” Blaming Bush plays right into Obama’s base as the people who had “Countdown till Bush out of office” calendars are still out there still begging Obama to feed their irrational hatred – and he throws them red meat every chance he gets.
The conservative right does not have an irrational hatred of President Obama however. They have a well-founded righteous anger at watching their nation destroyed and the world set ablaze.
Stoddard seems to think Emily Post’s Etiquette book applies when the house is burning down – that we should all take a few minutes to say “please” and “thank you” as we rush the exits. Sorry, but all bets are off. I applaud Mr. Cheney’s comments.
While Stoddard does great commentary condemning progressives; her fierce, animated condemnation of these comments, no matter who they may have come from, is unsettling. In the context of her comments becoming ammunition for a left wing that uses any ammunition they can get, it was infuriating.