Cheney's complete and utter disgust with anyone who dares question him and the rest of the Bush Administration, as well as his complete disregard for anything resembling "the will of the people" and any "fanciful" concept of accountability, has always been right out there.
But now it's getting worse, folks. Much, much worse. From CBS News, responding to Dick Cheney's comments on CNN with Wolf Blitzer yesterday:
The White House reaction to the Senate resolution opposing President Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq came from Vice President Dick Cheney. In a word, he was defiant, saying about the general idea of a resolution, "It won't stop us."
"We are moving forward. The Congress has control over the purse strings. They have the right, obviously, if they want, to cut off funding," Cheney said Wednesday in an occasionally testy CNN interview.
"But in terms of this effort, the president has made his decision. We've consulted extensively with them. We'll continue to consult with the Congress. But the fact of the matter is, we need to get the job done."
If the president was almost humbly pleading with Congress in Tuesday's State of the Union address to give his plan a chance, CBS News chief White House correspondent Jim Axelrod says the vice president played what has come to be his typical role: the enforcer.
He dismissed suggestions that the Bush administration's credibility is on the line because of mistakes in Iraq as "hogwash."
And he railed at critics for not coming up with a plan of their own for Iraq.
"The critics have not suggested a policy — they haven't put anything in place," Cheney said. "All they've recommended is to redeploy or to withdraw our forces. The fact is, we can complete the task in Iraq. We're going to do it. We've got (Lt. Gen. David) Petraeus — Gen. Petraeus taking over. It is a good strategy. It will work. But we have to have the stomach to finish the task."