DICK CHENEY’S GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT…. In 2004, a controversy over the Bush/Cheney administration and no-bid Halliburton contracts was just starting to grow, and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), at the time the ranking Dem on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was pressing the issue.

But when it came time for an annual group photo on the Senate floor, Leahy chose to be gracious, and approached then-Vice President Dick Cheney in a friendly, collegial manner. As the senator approached, Cheney told Leahy, “Go f*ck yourself.”

Instead of apologizing, Cheney ran off to Fox News soon after to boast about his classlessness, bragging about having “felt better after I had done it.”

Yesterday, Cheney appeared on a conservative talk-radio show, and continued to crow about his behavior. When the far-right host gushed about how much he “loved that move,” the former V.P. replied:

“You’d be surprised how many people liked that. That’s sort of the best thing I ever did.”

Eight years running the executive branch, and one of Dick Cheney’s greatest accomplishments was gutter-talk with a respected U.S. senator. Sounds about right.

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.