Cheney would not comment on what he told Romney and Myers, but he was harsh in his assessment of McCain’s decision to pick Palin.
“That one,” Cheney said, “I don’t think was well handled.”
“The test to get on that small list has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?’”
Cheney believes Sarah Palin failed that test.
“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate. But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test…of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.”
Of course, it was Cheney who headed George W. Bush’s vice presidential vetting efforts — and it was Cheney who decided that he himself would be the best vice presidential nominee. He was a disaster as vice president, of course, as was the entire Bush administration, which left office after eight years without a single significant accomplishment.
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