The video in which Joe Biden calls Dick Cheney a “decent man” is about four years old and was from an obscure conference that Biden attended when he was still vice president.
The reaction on social media, as expected, was one of white-hot fury.
The left may have started to hate President Donald Trump when he started to run for president.
However, they have seriously hated former Vice President Cheney for at least the past decade and a half.
For those people whose knowledge of politics began when Trump went down that golden escalator to announce for president, to the guffaws of almost all, Dick Cheney was a long-term establishment politician when George W. Bush selected him as his vice-presidential running mate.
By that time, Cheney had already been President Gerald Ford’s chief of staff, a member of the Republican House leadership, and President George H. W. Bush’s secretary of defense, holding that office during Operation Desert Storm.
The reason Cheney is so despised by the left stems from another belief from that side of the political spectrum that President George W. Bush was a frat boy idiot.
Thus, Cheney was really running things during the second Bush administration and was responsible for invading Iraq, a mission he started to benefit his friends in the oil industry according to the dark legend.
A movie called Vice was premiered last year based on this theory and was nominated for a brace of Academy Awards.
The statement of friendship that Biden made for Cheney shows that he is out of touch with the clear majority of the Democratic Party, but in a good way.
People who bemoan the partisan rancor of our times suppose that a bygone golden age of politics once existed when politicians would yell and scream at each other during the day, but them gather together in the evening in the spirit of fellowship and make deals in smoke filled rooms over bourbon and brunch.
The memory of this Utopian age is more myth than reality.
For instance, Tip O’Neil and President Reagan, hated one another. But for Biden having friends across the aisle was what one did.
The former vice president, who first entered public life in 1972, the year Nixon trounced McGovern, was old fashioned in the sense that politics did not get personal.
The charming attitude toward one’s political enemies that Biden harbored has, with certain exceptions, lasted to this day.
He recently got into trouble for admitted that he liked Vice President Mike Pence who, though a modest, friendly fellow, has received the hatred of the left for the specious accusation that he is homophobic and for what some called a puritanical practice of never meeting with a woman in private unless his wife is present.
On the last, it has been said that Pence will be the last public figure to receive a #MeToo accusation.
How the revelation that Biden likes Cheney will affect his presidential prospects is unclear.
The polls suggest that many Democrats support Biden because they think he has the best shot of overthrowing President Trump.
Trump, by the way, is not on the list of politicians Biden likes.
The former vice president once offered to beat the president up for his crass behavior.
Trump does have the effect of making normally sensible people act bizarrely.
But Dick Cheney, in the minds of people whom Biden must ask votes from, is a combination of Darth Vader and the Night King from Game of Thrones.
Trump is considered only a Nazi.
Cheney is a sci-fi/fantasy villain who somehow missed being cut down by the hero at the end of the movie.
He even shot a friend (by accident) during a hunting trip.
Ironically, Cheney does not exude evil at all.
He has the calm, confidence of a man who might be the boss at the office whom you admire and respect.
A lot of people were involved in the decision to invade Iraq, including President Bush, who is a sharp, quick witted man and not the dufus of liberal imagination.
If Cheney wanted to work some mischief, he would wax eloquently about how he thinks that Biden is a fine fellow too and, were he disposed to vote for a Democrat (which he isn’t) that he might consider Obama’s former VP.
At that point Democrats would start giving Bernie Sanders a second look. Bernie would never make the mistake of liking any Republican.