SCARY THOUGHT OF THE DAY…. Much to the disappointment of the DNC, Dick Cheney did not appear on any of the Sunday morning talk shows. Instead, his daughter, torture apologist Liz Cheney, went on ABC News’ “This Week.”

It promoted Time‘s Karen Tumulty to tweet a clever-but-scary idea.

Does anyone else think that what the Cheneys are really after here is their own reality show?

That would explain a few things.

I’m admittedly out of my depth talking about reality shows, but looking over the Wiki page for the genre, there’s a subset of reality programming involving well-known personalities. It seems, though, that most of these “celebrities” get reality shows, not when their careers are in ascendance, but when they’re past their prime and have limited career options. The Osbornes, Hulk Hogan, MC Hammer, Corey Feldman, Vanilla Ice — these folks seemed to go the reality-show route after their public notoriety had severely waned.

In this sense, the Cheneys would be perfect.

Perhaps, though, I shouldn’t scoff too quickly. I don’t doubt for a second that Fox News would air “The Cheneys” without hesitation.

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Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.