One of the more interesting things about the Obama/Cheney speech dance yesterday is this continuing fascination in the press with Cheney's open criticism of the Obama Administration. From this WaPost article comes this little gem: "I think it is unprecedented in the modern era," said Peniel Joseph, a historian at Brandeis University. "We've seen outgoing administrations that did not get along with the new administration, but we have never seen the vice president of an outgoing administration lambasting the new administration like this." Um, OK, let's suspend disbelief for a second and say "maybe you're right Professor Joseph".
But the question I don't hear being asked is why Bush, Cheney, Rove or any other figure from the Bush Administration should remain quiet while the present administration uses them as a daily punching bag on virtually every issue? You don't get to continue to whine about "inherited problems" and "we lost our way" and expect the other guys to just sit back and nod in agreement.