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Cheney’s Missed Opportunities

While I thought Cheney did well last night, I also thought he let some clear opportunities slip by last night. To give one example, when the issue of the lack of bipartisanship in Congress came up, Cheney should have emphasized the level of Democratic obstructionism in the Senate. Particularly, he should have noted the number of bills with bipartisan support that have been blocked by Democratic filibusters, and noted that all ten of the (first-ever) appellate judicial nominees to be filibustered have bipartisan support in the Senate — yet Democrats (including Kerry and Edwards) blocked them. Maybe Cheney’s restraint was more effective — I know some relatively unpolitical types who thought so — but I would have like to see Cheney seize on more of these opportunities.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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