Thursday night former Vice President Dick Cheney held a fundraiser at his home in Jackson, WY, for Mitt Romney. During his remarks, Cheney stressed Romney’s ability to handle the foreign-policy decisions that a commander-in-chief faces, while Romney cautioned that Obama’s foreign-policy mistakes may have even longer lasting implications than his domestic ones. Dick Cheney said:
When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander-in-chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm’s way, that man is Mitt Romney.
As reports have surfaced that Romney is vetting former Bush Administration official Condoleezza Rice for his VP spot, the way the left (and the right) will react to the “Bush connection” is beginning to be seen.
The liberals/media had quite a reaction to rumors that there was a ban on pictures of Romney with Cheney at the event:
When Romney arrived at the Teton Pines Country Club for a late-afternoon reception, he was spotted shaking Cheney’s hand and giving Lynne Cheney a kiss on the cheek. But campaign aides quickly escorted reporters who were watching the exchange out of view.
While Romney avoided mentioning the former president in remarks that were open to the press, he invoked Bush in a question-and-answer session with donors at a private dinner at Cheney’s home. In remarks overheard by reporters standing outside the clubhouse, Romney contrasted what he called “President George W. Bush’s freedom agenda” with President Barack Obama.
This is part of their fear that Romney may be building a major strength in foreign policy, whereas Obama has essentially no foreign policy, with blunder after blunder under his belt. From an international bowing tour to foreign leaders, humiliating Israel’s Netanyahu, Libya, just to name a few, Obama will have to sing the bin Laden refrain over and over in order to convince middle America he’s been holding down the fort.
In May, The Nation reflected on Romney’s Bushesque War Cabinet:
Romney is loath to mention Bush on the campaign trail, for obvious reasons, but today they sound like ideological soul mates on foreign policy.
With whispers of Condoleezza Rice for VP and fundraisers with Cheney invoke the familiar anti-Bush backlash, we are getting a taste of what one campaign season could include.
With all that, I miss Dick Cheney. Can you imagine Cheney v. Biden debate?