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Saturday, May 23, 2009

And, in this corner, Darth Cheney

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I've been doing a little cybersurfing on this lovely Saturday, catching up on some of the news. I admit to a morbid fascination of the media's morbid fascination of the impromptu 'dueling split screen debate' on national security between President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Perhaps Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show described coverage of the pairing best. The show aired a clip of The Weekly Standard's William Kristol saying of the back-to-back speeches, "Just going to be fun, don't you think? Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, you know? And I want to say that I was always on Darth Vader's side."

Stewart retorted, "Now you tell us. You know, as one of the main intellectual forces behind the Iraq war, that's kind of a weird thing to admit. You might have wanted to mention, 'Oh, quick caveat to my plan on a new American century: I'm on the Darth Vader side.' "

G'won. Give it a watch. Since 9/11 still looms large in the mind of Mr. Cheney, perhaps it's time to dust off and re-work what we were told after 9/11: If you can't laugh, the Right Wing wins.

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