Cheney’s rift with Bush

Barton Gellman in the WaPo reports today that Cheney has revealed his frustration with the former president:

“In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him,” said a participant in the recent gathering, describing Cheney’s reply. “He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took. Bush was more malleable to that. The implication was that Bush had gone soft on him, or rather Bush had hardened against Cheney’s advice. He’d showed an independence that Cheney didn’t see coming. It was clear that Cheney’s doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times — never apologize, never explain — and Bush moved toward the conciliatory.”

One wonders how history will view the relationship between Bush and Cheney and how that impacts the legacy of Bush’s presidency.  History has never been kind to Vice-Presidents, but then history has never had a Vice-President quite like Dick Cheney.  [via]

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