Sunday, December 21, 2008

Biden Hasn't Asked Cheney for Advice

It's as if Cheney is figuring out for the first time how loathed he is.
Politico: Asked if he had any advice for Biden, Cheney replied with a chill.

“Well, he hasn't asked for any, so I won't go beyond where I've been,” Cheney said.
Politico: Vice President Dick Cheney took some of the toughest political shots yet in the post-election period, using an interview to belittle Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s constitutional law acumen and pointedly declined to offer his successor any advice. Biden, separately, said Cheney had been bad for the country and had not stayed within the confines of the Constitution.

The salvos come as the Bush administration and Obama transition team take pains to emphasize their cooperation and to make the hand-off of power a seamless one.

Cheney, in an interview with Chris Wallace that aired on “Fox News Sunday,” was shown a clip of Biden from the October vice presidential debate accusing him of being the most dangerous vice president in history and reminded that the incoming vice president believes that that especially applies to his view of the office.

Cheney hit back hard.

“He also said that the — all the powers and responsibilities of the executive branch are laid out in Article I of the Constitution,” the vice-president said of Biden. “Well, they're not. Article I of the Constitution is the one on the legislative branch. Joe's been chairman of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Judiciary Committee in the Senate for 36 years, teaches constitutional law back in Delaware, and can't keep straight which article of the Constitution provides for the legislature and which provides for the executive so I think I'd write that off as campaign rhetoric. I don't take it seriously and if he wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that's obviously his call.”

Some of Cheney's interview on Fox News Sunday today: