For Obama, the More Cheney the Better

Tom Andrews, a former Democratic congressman from Maine and an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War, used his Huffington Post blog last week to ask in frustration: “How is it that someone as widely discredited as Dick Cheney is setting the terms of debate on national security?
The technical answer is easy: Cheney is a huge name and a provocative figure who made his mark in the shadows during the Bush administration. And now, with Barack Obama trying to undo some (but not all) of his dirty work, Cheney is suddenly speaking up to defend it—in stark, dramatic terms.