VP Fight!

This op-ed by Walter Mondale on Cheney’s abuse of the authority of the vice president’s office is pretty entertaining:

The corollary to Cheney’s zealous embrace of secrecy is his near total aversion to the notion of accountability. I’ve never seen a former member of the House of Representatives demonstrate such contempt for Congress — even when it was controlled by his own party. His insistence on invoking executive privilege to block virtually every congressional request for information has been stupefying — it’s almost as if he denies the legitimacy of an equal branch of government. Nor does he exhibit much respect for public opinion, which amounts to indifference toward being held accountable by the people who elected him.

I think my favorite part is when he has to enlist Dan Quayle into the ranks of VPs who are

  1. not irrelevant and
  2. not evil.

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