Keep on talking, Dick

KEEP ON TALKING, DICK…. The Democratic National Committee is touting a new web video today, featuring the “new faces of the GOP.” The video pulls back the curtain to show us Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney. The closing line reads, “Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP.”

To that end, I suspect the DNC is delighted to see the former vice president stay on the attack against President Obama.

President Barack Obama’s expansion of the federal government into the financial sector is likely to have “devastating” effects in the long term, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in his latest salvo directed at the new White House administration.

In an interview on Fox News — portions of which aired Tuesday night — the former vice president said he is “very concerned” about where the Obama administration is taking the country economically.

I get the sense Cheney has no idea how happy he’s making officials in the West Wing. The White House would love nothing more than a political fight that boils down to Obama’s approach vs. the Bush/Cheney/Rove approach. The former VP keeps making this easier. It’s precisely why so many Republicans on the Hill would prefer to see Cheney quietly go away — if he’s the face of the Republican Party right now, the GOP is in a lot of trouble.

This is especially true when it comes to a debate over the economy. Cheney believes Obama’s policies are likely to be “devastating”? It’s like manna from heaven for Obama’s team.

On a related note, there’s been some follow-up on Cheney’s comments on Fox News from Monday:

U.S. counterterrorism officials are reacting angrily to ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s claim that waterboarding 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed 183 times was a “success” that produced actionable intelligence.

“Cheney is full of crap,” one intelligence source with decades of experience said Tuesday.

If I only had a nickel for every time I’ve come across that phrase.