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Thursday Morning Observations: Always Follow Cheney's Advice

I've been sitting back most of the week enjoying Jay's commentary on politics and intelligent design, but I wanted to toss out some quick links, observations, etc. Here goes:

-- Key graphs from Bill Sammon's article on the relationship between Dubya & Cheney:

 Mr. Bush often lunches in private with Mr. Cheney, who has no compunction about disagreeing with his boss. The president welcomes such dissent, although he does not always follow it.
    For example, Mr. Cheney was thought to be less than enthusiastic about the president's nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court earlier this year. Miss Miers withdrew her nomination after Republicans complained that she was not demonstrably conservative enough for the bench.
    Secondly, throughout 2005, Mr. Cheney appeared more interested in democratizing Iraq than in reforming Social Security, an issue that the president spent much of the year promoting. After failing to persuade Congress to enact the reform, Mr. Bush belatedly returned to aggressively defending his Iraq policy. 

Lesson: Always follow Cheney's advice.

--Michael J. Totten writes about his recent travels to Libya.

--A reader email on the NSA spying kerfuffle:

Let's win the war on terror. If that means suspending a few rights - fine.  Actually, more rights have been lost to the Environmental Protection Agency than to the Patriot Act or any other legislation meant to keep us safe.  For example, and this is only a partial list: I can no longer fish where I want, burn leaves when necessary, drive where I want, water where I want, smoke where I want, dispose of cuttings where I want, swim where I want, have access to inexpensive fuel, make our wine where we want, press our olives where we want, and frankly do quite a few other things because our rights to do so have been subjugated to a few fanatics. 

Liberals have been trying to spin this Rasmussen poll (64% approving of the NSA intercepting telephone calls between terrorist suspects overseas and people in the United States) as bad news for President Bush (see here and here for two examples) but I just don't see it. If Democrats believe they can reframe this debate as anything more nuanced than "Bush is doing his best to battle the bad guys and Democrats are once again being soft on national security" then I think they're spitting in the wind.

--Jake Tapper reports on an interesting case of white voter disenfranchisement in Mississippi.

--Despite being sick and on vacation, McIntyre was on Hugh's radio show last night talking about 2006. 

-- How much of ANWR are we talking about opening up for drilling? I'm Not Emeril puts things in perspective.