Making Cheney pay

If Cheney hadn’t seen Edwards in the Senate, it must have been because Cheney wasn’t there.

Right. Cheney was either lying, or having a senior moment, when he denied having met John Edwards. They’d met at least twice face-to-face, and Edwards had voted in the Senate at least once while Cheney was presiding.

As to not having talked with Edwards, that might be true: Cheney, despite his whining about the lack of bipartisanship, meets only with Republican Senators. (More on this from Froomkin.)

And Cheney was just flat-out lying when he claimed that he was in the Senate “most Tuesdays,” unless 2 out of 127 is your idea of “most.”

And it’s not true that Edwards’s “hometown paper” has “taken to calling him ‘Senator Gone’.” (A thrice-weekly smalltown paper far from Edwards’s home used the phrase once more than a year ago, and isn’t pleased to have its words misrepresented.)

Fine. But isn’t it true that Edwards had a generally rotten attendance record?

No. In the four years before he started running for President, Edwards answered more than 99% of the roll-calls. Has he missed a lot of votes since? Sure. But that hardly sustains Cheney’s implication that he has been a slacker in the Senate.

Could Cheney have told any more lies in the amount of time he had? I really can’t see how.

My feeling is that we shouldn’t let up on this one. Cheney ought to be made to pay for his sheer impudence in telling such transparent whoppers, and Ken Mehlman for repeating one of them after it had already been shown to be false.

Update

There’s a nice video up on the DNC website, linking Cheney’s little lies about meeting Edwards with his big lies about Iraq.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com