ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday rejected charges by Democrats that the Bush administration was mishandling Iraq and said: “If they are competent to fight this war, then I ought to be singing on American Idol.”
During a campaign stop in Orlando, Cheney predicted that national security would dominate congressional elections in November and sought to rally Republicans amid dwindling popular support for President George W. Bush.
In Washington, Democratic National Committee spokesman Luis Miranda called the criticism of his party an attempt to divert attention from the situation in Iraq, which is torn by violence three years after the U.S.-led invasion.
Referring to a notoriously acerbic judge on the American Idol television talent contest, Miranda said, “Simon Cowell is more loved than this administration and its failed Iraq policy. Cheney wouldn’t last long on American Idol.”
Related: Here’s another zinger delivered, this time by Defense Secretary Donald Rumseld (via Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters):
For those of you that missed it, there was a fabulous exchange that occurred during a Pentagon press conference between Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and CNN’s Jamie McIntyre aired on “The Situation Room” Thursday (video link to follow). McIntyre was questioning Rumsfeld about recent claims of him being “embattled” “incompetent” and that he should step down.
Rumsfeld answered McIntyre with tongue firmly pressed against his cheek:
“You like to repeat all that stuff, don’t you. On camera? (Turning to cameraman) Did you get that? Let’s make sure you got it. He loves that stuff. It’s a sure way to get on camera. He’ll be on the evening news.”
McIntyre also referred to a recent op-ed by New York Times Diva of the Smart Set Maureen Dowd wherein she wrote that Rumsfeld is being treated at meetings like “an eccentric old uncle who is ignored.” Rumsfeld fired back, “If you believe everything you read in Maureen Dowd, you better get a life.”
Expose the Left has the video and transcript.