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'Cheneyism'

Joe Klein on Bush and Cheney, and the GOP's future stance regarding terrorism:
You've got to wonder about this. Bush moderated his foreign policy and pushed Cheney slightly to the side in his second term. I wonder how much of a public rift is going to develop between Bush and Cheney when the two publish their memoirs (I assume that Cheney's will (a) be more rifty and (b) sell more copies than Bush's). You also have to wonder whether there will be a Bush-Cheney foreign policy bifurcation among GOP presidential candidates in 2012. In any case, this is still more evidence that the wingers have the whip-hand in the Republican Party these days: it seems clear that the mid-ranking Bush intelligence officials whom Baker has talked to--people who'll be looking for jobs in the next Republican Administration--think that Cheneyism is the party's future.
If 'Cheneyism' is the future of the Republican party, then I do not believe that the GOP will ever have a majority again. The Tea Party movement (the sane ones) will likely ensure that -- if nobody else does.