CHENEY’S COUN­SEL: EM­BRACE THE TEA PARTY

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Democrats are of­ten ob­sessed with por­tray­ing the Grand Old Party in a state of dis­unity, punc­tu­ated by squab­bles with the tea party as the midterm and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions ap­proach. But, hey. Rifts come with the ter­ri­tory.

“Well, we do have a divi­sion, but that’s not new for the Repub­li­can party,” for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney tells Larry King, host of RT Amer­ica’s “Pol­i­tick­ing,” in an in­ter­view air­ing at 9 p.m. ET Thurs­day on the news chan­nel.

“I re­mem­ber Barry Gold­wa­ter and Nel­son Rock­e­feller, or Gerry Ford and Ron­ald Rea­gan. We’ve of­ten had di­vi­sions in the past, and frankly, my ex­pe­ri­ence with the tea party is this. The vast num­ber of peo­ple who iden­tify them­selves as such are ba­si­cally con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans who are just fed up with what’s hap­pen­ing in the coun­try. They’re pretty much united in their op­po­si­tion and hos­til­ity to the present ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Mr. Cheney tells his host.

“We want them in the party. I don’t want to see the tea party go spin­ning loose in some third-party move­ment. I think we need to be big enough as a party and broad enough in our think­ing so that folks who are con­ser­va­tive, who be­lieve in fis­cal dis­ci­pline, who are op­posed to the ex­pan­sion of govern­ment power — sim­i­lar to what Obama’s do­ing — and be­lieve deeply in the Con­sti­tu­tion are wel­come in the Repub­li­can Party,” Mr. Cheney con­cludes.

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