December 21st, 2009
02:37 PM ET
4 years ago

Cheney named Conservative of the Year

Human Events has named Cheney Conservative of the Year.

Human Events has named Cheney Conservative of the Year.

(CNN) - He may have exited the national stage nearly one year ago, but former Vice President Dick Cheney has been named "Conservative of the Year" by the conservative Human Events magazine for his ardent and continuous criticisms of the Obama administration's national security policies.

"What Cheney is saying, primarily on foreign policy, defense and anti-terrorism, makes sense to more and more American citizens growing increasingly worried by the Obama Administration's insouciance when U.S. national interests are threatened, both at home and abroad," former U.N. ambassador John Bolton writes for the magazine.

"Since the only real, long-term way to deal with persuasive positions on substantive policy matters is to refute them with sounder policy arguments, it is not hard to understand why the Obama White House is near panic," Bolton also writes. "Where are they going to go to find a better policy inside his administration?"

In a series of interviews and speeches over the last year, Cheney declared President Obama had put the country's security at an elevated level of risk as a result of a string of national security decisions that largely went at odds with Bush administration practices.

Cheney's comments have met criticism from many Democrats and some members of the media who say he would be better off following the example set by former President George Bush, who has remained largely silent on the actions of his successor.

But in the Human Events article, Bolton said its necessary former leaders continue to defend their policies.

"Most people have scratched their heads at this criticism, which is what passes for devastating analysis by the media, because it is entirely natural for a senior public official to explain and defend his policies once he leaves office," Bolton writes. "In fact, it is critical that men and women who have served in high positions, as Cheney has, to do just that, to give our citizens a better understanding of what actually goes on in high-level decision making."

"Cheney's quiet, inner-directed motivation is simply impervious to the attacks orchestrated against him by the Chicago machine-style politicians at the White House, a fact also plainly visible to his fellow citizens," Bolton adds. "And it is yet another important reason to have confidence that Cheney's solid policy analysis will yet prevail in the national political arena. Of course he is the conservative of the year!"

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Sadly, he only got 'runner-up' for Biggest Douche in the Universe. That distinct honor was captured by Glenn Beck. Better luck next year, Dick!

    December 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. JF

    This Grade-A arsewipe has certainly made the top of a list, but not the one you think 😉

    December 21, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. MBC

    Great! Might as well crown him "Fear-Mongerer" of the Year while you're at it. Cheney, Bolton, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, and the likes are responsible for the neocon policies that got us into the quagmires of Iraq and Afghanistan. All of them and their policies will hopefully go the way of the Dodo bird.

    December 21, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. mac

    I defnitely would vote for Cheney as Conservative of the Year. There's no bigger anti-government obstructionist than "Dick"!

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. CHV

    Every day I think the GOP cannot veer any further off a rational course I'm almost always proven wrong.

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. ~~ JULY ~~

    He should actually be name ' terrorist of the year '

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Ron in California

    Those of you who hate conservatives...I can tell you you can just substitute the woed conservative with Liberal and it will still be in context. All of you on the opposite ends of the spectrum are to extreme for most Americans.

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Demtilldeath

    When I saw the headline that Cheney was on top of a list I thought he had tied with Rush for "Windbag of the Year!"

    December 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Jon Crawford

    Cheney has always been an outstanding American leader.May od bless him with a long life.

    December 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Jeff W.

    Wow, Cheney is “conservative of the year”? That’s too bad for the Republicans since Cheney, who resembles the Emperor from the Star Wars movies (including the crooked smile), represents everything despicable about the Republican party; selfish values that place money above people, hatred/intolerance towards minority groups, obstructionistic behavior, a complete lack of culpability for the problems created by the Bush/Cheney administration, etc. Every day I wake up I’m so thankful that we finally have an intelligent, forward thinking, president who doesn’t rely on magic and superstition to make important decisions.

    December 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. lola

    He can't 'give it up'. I think he was the worst President we ever had...and that is not a typo...Cheney was the controler behind the Bush administration. Controlers never give up their control, and tend to have overblown opinions of themselves.

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. juge

    What an Honor? NOT NOT NOT

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Wayne

    Human Events magazine. Eagle Publishing Company. Regnery Publishing. Follow the source, it's not surprising.

    In November 2007, five authors whose works have been published by Regnery filed a lawsuit against the company. It claimed that Regnery "orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets and to wholly owned subsidiary organizations" of Eagle Publishing, Regnery's parent corporation.

    Dick's their man!

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Jim

    I wonder how former Vice-President George W Bush feels about former President Cheney being conservative of yhe year? Heck, Cheney was President for eight years maybe he can be conservative of the year for 7 more.

    December 21, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Mickey

    Cheney's at the top of a list alright...the list of Greatest Rectal Perforations to Ever Walk the Earth...

    ...and Bolton's the number two guy!

    I swear these people have a mental disorder.

    December 21, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. aware

    As an Independent, I applaud former VP Dick Cheney for providing a sane, sensible and wise voice in the midst of Democrat demagoguery! 🙂

    December 21, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Tom St. Paul

    Only if one equates "conservative" with "extremist" can this recognition be understood.

    December 21, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Todd

    fearmonger, liar, idjit, war criminal, thief, torturer of the year . No point in any of those individually since "conservative of the year" gets all of that and more in one simple phrase.

    December 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Tony

    This honor for Cheney obviously suggest that being 'Conservative' means conducting ones life without morals or integrity. I would be ashamed of this honor, but then again, I think high morals and integrity is good thing. I guess I'm hopeless liberal...

    December 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. mrgaston

    Great example we (the US) are towards the rest of the world and especially terrorists. The US government is in such a turmoil that the Islamic nations are using this to their advantage. “Who wants an American democracy”, in the state it is in now. We are losing face.

    December 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Mike

    Insouciance? Boy, he's one to talk, these guys got caught napping on 9/11. This joker's never right about anything, why should he be now?

    The fewer crooks like Cheney/Bush elected the better.

    December 21, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Why wouldn't Cheney be nominated the Conservative Person of the Year? He exemplifies everything that IS conservatism, right down to the snarly smile.

    Do we know when his coronation will be?

    December 21, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Lou

    I think that he gives "Conservative" a bad name. This is a real "Evil Doer". Maybe the title "Water Boarder of the Year" would really be more appropriate. I just wish he would disappear.

    December 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. BillyBobThortom

    Let's just call this what it is. He is the MOST SINISTER SNEERING DEVIL of the year. Let's not mince words here.

    December 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. I'm just sayin'...

    And just when you thought the conservative movement couldn't find a way to appear even less appealing to and more out of touch with the American public... Wow. I thought only the Dems were this capable of finding creative ways to screw up and give the middle finger to the people who support them... I'd laugh if this wasn't all so depressing.

    December 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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