In an interview with Newsweek’s Tammy Haddad this weekend, Lynne Cheney, the vice president’s wife, revealed that she’s a blog reader. Cheney said that during the 2000 and 2004 campaign, she got “a great sort of sustenance” from reading National Review Online, Real Clear Politics and other conservative blogs. Cheney then claimed that these sites aren’t actually conservative, but “centrist“:
CHENEY: Well, I’m a conservative and I will say that during the 2000 and 2004 campaigns, it was a great sort of sustenance for me to be able to, you know, read National Review Online. To be able to read Real Clear Politics. To be able to read some of the blogs that I’ve enjoyed over the years, that have what seems to me, centrist [views]. But I know in the whole realm of the media, it’s considered right. So, for me, it’s just been, it’s been very good to have that community there. That I didn’t find and still don’t in most of the mainstream media.
Cheney doesn’t name the right-wing blogs that she considers “centrist.” But the staff of National Review Online would likely be surprised to see themselves described as such, considering they describe themselves as a web site for “conservative news.” In fact, when National Review endorsed Mitt Romney last year, the editors wrote that they were looking for “the most conservative viable candidate.”