Gibbs calls Cheney ‘the next most popular member of the Republican cabal’ after Limbaugh.

Yesterday on CNN, former Vice President Cheney said Obama was making Americans less safe. Today, when CNN’s Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for his reaction to Cheney’s criticisms, Gibbs said that CNN invited Cheney because “Rush Limbaugh was busy,” and called Cheney “the next most popular member of the Republican cabal.” Addressing Cheney’s critique, Gibbs pointed out that under Obama, terrorist suspects “would finally be brought to justice,” unlike under Cheney’s regime:

I think the American people will, in this administration, see those actors brought to the swift and certain justice that was not brought to them in the previous administration.

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Henry also asked for Gibbs’ reaction to Cheney’s criticisms of Obama’s handling of the economic crisis. “I think not taking economic advice from Dick Cheney would be maybe the best possible outcome of yesterday’s interview,” Gibbs said.


Yglesias notes that Rick Klein objects to Gibb’s tone. “The way I look at it, the idea of respectful debate has no real meaning unless you actually deny respect to someone,” Yglesias writes. “Cheney seems like a good candidate.”

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