Tucker: Cheney 'kind of a hero' for ignoring Americans' opinions
When Vice President Dick Cheney asserted in a recent interview with ABC News that "there's a general consensus that we've made major progress" in Iraq, interviewer Martha Raddatz was dubious.
"Two-third of Americans say it's not worth fighting," Raddatz noted.
"So?" replied Cheney.
"You don't care what the American people think?" Raddatz asked.
"No," Cheney replied.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough played a clip of this exchange on Morning Joe. "Look at his face," Scarborough pointed out. "Look how shaken up he is."
"The question," Scarborough continued incredulously, "was what do you do when two-thirds of American think this war is not worth fighting. Dick Cheney's response: 'So?' There's a guy that sticks his finger in the wind!"
Tucker Carlson leaped in to defend Cheney. "He's kind of a hero in that way," Carlson suggested. "I know I'll probably have my car egged for saying this, but ... it's so nice to see someone that old-school. 'Hey, you kids, get off my lawn.' That's Dick Cheney. I love that."
"He's not a baby boomer," agreed Scarborough.
This video is from MSNBC's Morning Joe, broadcast March 20, 2008.
Transcript via closed captions
:: watch this. this was dick cheney. this was my interview of the day on "morning joe," brought to you by "morning joe." listen to dick cheney. he got really rattled when he was asked about public support dwindling for the war in iraq. look how shaken. look at his face. look how shaken up he is when they point out to him that two-thirds of americans are against this war. watch this.
:: it's not worth fighting?
:: so you don't care what the american people think?
:: no. i think you cannot be blown off course by --
:: we're going to get that cued back up. the question is what do you do when two-thirds of americans think this war is not worth fighting? dick cheney's response so? there's a guy that sticks his finger in the wind.
:: he's kind of a hero in that way. i know i'll probably have my car egged for saying this.
:: he's a hero?
:: it's so nice to see someone that old school. hey you kids, get off my lawn. that's dick cheney. i love that.
:: their way or the highway, and we don't care. let's just go to war.
:: so? hey, why not?
:: he may be a peter gabriel fan. coming up next -- is that not amazing?
:: that's unbelievable.
:: i know. it offends me too, mika.
:: you're not offended.