Dick Cheney, who thrives on secrecy while pulling the levers of power, is getting caught in the glare of an unwelcome spotlight.
Once viewed as a sage and mentor to President Bush, Cheney has approval ratings now that are as low as _ or lower _ than the president's. Recent national polls have put them both in the high 20s.
Bush's decision to spare former Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison sentence has focused new attention on the vice president and his possible role in the commutation.
Cheney's relentless advocacy of the Iraq war, his push to expand presidential authority and his hard-line rhetoric toward North Korea and Iran are raising concerns even among former loyalists now worried about the GOP's chances in 2008.
Through the 2006 campaign, Cheney at least pretended to care about someone other than himself, but since then, it's been all about him and if the party, the nation or anybody else doesn't like it, they can, in his most meaningful quotation of his time in office, go f--- themselves. Scooter's commutation and his ridiculous claim of being a separate branch of government are the perfect legacy for him.
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