THE DEMS’ NEW BEST FRIEND…. Dick Cheney, after appearing on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, sat down for a lengthy interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto yesterday, before making another appearance in New York last night. He’s trashing the president, weighing in on the debate against EFCA, talking up war with Iran … and generally making Democrats awfully happy.

…Cheney’s reappearance delights Democrats — “Bring it on!” quipped a White House official Tuesday afternoon when asked about Cheney’s re-emergence — and dismayed Republicans. Said one: “We’re trying to turn the page and he’s climbing out of the grave to haunt us.”

For some reason, Nelson Muntz’s “ha, ha” keeps coming to mind.

Even Maureen Dowd is writing good columns on the subject.

Cheney has replaced Sarah Palin as Rogue Diva. Just as Jeb Bush and other Republicans are trying to get kinder and gentler, Cheney has popped out of his dungeon, scary organ music blaring, to carry on his nasty campaign of fear and loathing. […]

Cheney’s numskull ideas — he still loves torture (dubbed “13th-century” stuff by Bob Woodward), Gitmo and scaring the bejesus out of Americans — are not only fixed, they’re jejune.

He has no coherent foreign policy viewpoint. He still doesn’t fathom that his brutish invasion of Iraq unbalanced that part of the world, empowered Iran and was a force multiplier for Muslims who hate America. He left our ports unsecured, our food supply unsafe, the Taliban rising and Osama on the loose. No matter if or when terrorists attack here — and they’re on their own timetable, not a partisan red/blue state timetable — Cheney will be deemed the primary one who made America more vulnerable.

An official from the first Bush administration went so far as to say that Cheney is “giving the whole party a black eye.”

Maybe the DNC can put together an “Employee of the Month” award for the former Vice President. He’s clearly earned it.

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