Where Are Murtha and Dingell's Big Sticks?

Cheney Questions Democratic Manhood

Vice-President Dick Cheney recently sat down for a Politico-sponsored chit-chat and, not surprisingly, took every opportunity to slam the Democrat-led Congress. What’s a bit astonishing, however, are Cheney’s harsh – and archaic – words for some of his former friends: Democratic Representatives. John Dingell and John P. Murtha.

[Cheney] scoffed at the idea of two men who spent years accruing power showing so much deference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the big spending and energy debates of the year.

Murtha “and the other senior leaders … march to the tune of Nancy Pelosi to an extent I had not seen, frankly, with any previous speaker,” Cheney said. “I’m trying to think how to say all of this in a gentlemanly fashion, but [in] the Congress I served in, that wouldn’t have happened.”

But his implication was clear: When asked if these men had lost their spines, he responded, “They are not carrying the big sticks I would have expected.”

Cheney sure does have a way with metaphorical words.