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Angler:
I just finished Barton Gellman's Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, and I thought it was unusually good. Gellman offers a very interesting and readable picture of how Vice President Cheney operated over the course of the Bush Administration -- how Cheney assembled power, and how he used it. Gellman's own views are not hard to guess (he is no fan of Cheney's positions), and much of the book covers territory covered to varying degrees elsewhere. But I found the book well researched and I thought it added a lot of new stuff, too.
Anderson (mail):
Hey, thanks! I've been carrying the book in my back seat for a while but hadn't gotten to it yet -- will have to move it to the top of the (mental) stack.
11.3.2008 9:43am
Chris_t (mail):
Same here. Maybe I'll get to it this week.
11.3.2008 12:18pm
Floridan:
And on behalf of Obama supporters throughout the United States, let me be the first to thank the Vice President for his endorsement of McCain.
11.3.2008 1:12pm
Anderson (mail):
And on behalf of Obama supporters throughout the United States, let me be the first to thank the Vice President for his endorsement of McCain.

The incident may have value for its insight into Cheney. He was speaking in Wyoming, which is even less likely to flip for Obama than is Mississippi. The statement was gratuitous in the extreme. No one who wasn't already going to vote for McCain was going to do so because, gosh, Cheney likes him!

I have to suppose then that Cheney endorsed McCain just because Cheney wanted to, and to hell with the calculation, the consequences, etc. That seems consistent with his character -- Cheney is the by-god captain of his own soul, by all indications. Perhaps the Gellman book will provide context on this.
11.3.2008 3:35pm