Man, I’ve been pretty rough on Dick Cheney over the last few months, first saying he was the most incompetent member of the administration and more recently that he almost certainly knew the Niger-uranium documents were bogus when he signed off on putting them in the president’s State of the Union address.
But I’ll give the guy credit: he doesn’t hold grudges. TPM just got a personal email from the vice-president offering to make me a “Charter Member of Bush-Cheney ’04” and “serve as one of our first key grassroots leaders in Talk, Alaska” if I’ll only contribute “$100, $500 or even $1000 today at www.GeorgeWBush.com/CharterMember/.” (You can see the actual email here. Don’t miss it.)
And when I say TPM got the email, I ain’t kiddin.
“That is why President Bush and I are relying on grassroots leaders like you, Talking Points, who can help our efforts in Talk, Alaska and across the nation.”
Mr. Vice-President, I’ll make you a deal. You let me interview you about the Niger-uranium documents and I’ll pony up a cool thousand — and, believe me, that’s a substantial amount of my net worth. I know it might sound like a quid-pro-quo but believe me the standards about that sort of thing have gotten really loose so I don’t think we need to worry. And, yes, I know it might sound like checkbook journalism. But, in this case, well … I’m willing to make an exception.