“Other than him being a war criminal?” That was The Nation‘s DC editor, Chris Hayes, responding to Newsweek editor Jon Meacham’s assertion that there are no arguments that could be presented against Dick Cheney running for president of the United States. Both were on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discussing the idea that Cheney’s run could invigorate a truly democratic debate over the issues that matter by presenting a figure on the right who could fight Obama on substantive points. Hayes argues against this with the idea that not only is Obama’s victory a referendum on the Cheney years, but that Cheney’s hypothetical run would not do enough to change the debate away from far-right absurdities and onto policy-specific discussions.

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