From Vice President Cheney's interview with The Politico
Most striking were his virtually taunting remarks of two men he described as friends from his own days in the House: Democratic Reps. John Dingell (Mich.) and John P. Murtha (Pa.).
In a 40-minute interview with Politico, he scoffed at the idea of two men who spent years accruing power showing so much deference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the big spending and energy debates of the year.
Murtha âand the other senior leaders â¦ march to the tune of Nancy Pelosi to an extent I had not seen, frankly, with any previous speaker,â Cheney said. âIâm trying to think how to say all of this in a gentlemanly fashion, but [in] the Congress I served in, that wouldnât have happened.â
But his implication was clear: When asked if these men had lost their spines, he responded, âThey are not carrying the big sticks I would have expected.â