CHENEY’S COUNSEL: EMBRACE THE TEA PARTY
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.