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New York Times: Kansans love Dick Cheney


What's that today on the front page of the New York Times?That's right - [an article about how Kansans love Dick Cheney.][1]Reporter Mark Leibovich accompanied the vice president to last week's fund-raiser for Rep. Jim Ryun in Topeka, and was apparently impressed by the support Cheney gets from Republicans here. The article, "Cheney Hits Heartland, and He Can Feel the Love," calls Kansas "the heart of Cheney Country."He raises a lot of cash for the Republican Party and its candidates - more than $40 million at 114 events since January 2005, many of them in off-Broadway political settings like Topeka.And he reaps a full helping of love."How about a big Kansas welcome for Vice President Dick Cheney?" Representative Jim Ryun, a five-term Republican, says at a lunchtime fund-raiser on Thursday.And a big Kansas welcome he gets: cheers, sustained applause, even some war whoops - yes, war whoops. Loving ones."Well, that warm welcome is almost enough to make me want to run for office again," the vice president responds. "Almost." _Some Kansas notables weighed in:"We love him here," Susan Wagle, a state senator (and, the Times failed to note, GOP candidate for lieutenant governor), says of Mr. Cheney.And:"There was a peacefulness and a truthfulness to this man that really caught my heart," says the congressman's wife, Anne Ryun, who is clutching a Bush-Cheney placard from the 2000 campaign that the vice president has just autographed._Other news:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][2][(Grand Rapids Press) Brownback won't back down:][3] U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said he "doesn't relish" stepping in the middle of a hard-fought compromise to fill three key federal judge positions in Michigan. But the Kansas Republican and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his block on the nomination of Janet Neff to a seat on the U.S. District Court will continue until he gets more answers, and that communication from Neff on Friday did not answer his questions. ...Neff has served on the Michigan Court of Appeals since 1989 and is one of three area judges nominated by President George Bush to fill critical vacancies for the federal court in Michigan's Western District. The appointments were made under a compromise reached between Democratic and Republican senators and the White House. By putting Neff's nomination on hold, Brownback stalls the appointment of all three individuals. "There's been a five-year fight to get judges appointed from West Michigan and I don't relish getting into the middle of this," said Brownback, an opponent of gay marriages and a presidential hopeful. "But I'm pursuing this and trying to get information factually as to what exactly happened, and whether this was a legal or illegal ceremony at the time, and what it reveals about (Neff's) judicial philosophy."[(Auto Service World) Congress Shows Steely Resolve:][4] The six largest automobile companies with manufacturing facilities in the United States today applauded the efforts of 10 U.S. Senators who recently called upon the International Trade Commission (ITC) to revoke anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on "corrosion resistant" (coated) steel. The duties on this steel product, used extensively in the manufacturing of automobiles as well as a variety of household appliances, have been in place since 1993 and were last renewed by the ITC in 2000. The ITC will hold a hearing on October 17 as part of a "sunset review" to determine whether or not the duties should be revoked. A final decision is expected in December. The letter to the ITC, initiated by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and signed by Senators Kit Bond (R-MO), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jim DeMint (R-NC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), William Frist, (R-TN) Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and David Vitter (R-LA), states, "Canceling these outdated orders would recognize the fundamental restructuring of the steel industry as well as the importance of this product to the competitiveness of America's manufacturing sector."[(Des Moines Register) Politicos shower Iowa candidates with donations:][5] Donations are also flowing into the campaign coffers of Iowa candidates from the PACs of these other Republicans: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. George Allen of Virginia and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas. All have been mentioned as possible presidential candidates. Pataki beat his party rivals to the punch by being the first to open an Iowa office for his PAC. [1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/washington/17cheney.html?hp&ex=1161144000&en=29fd0b2552851cd2&ei=5094&partner=homepage [2]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [3]: http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-32/1160894562277160.xml&coll=6 [4]: http://www.autoserviceworld.com/issues/ISArticle.asp?id=61267&issue=10162006 [5]: http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061017/NEWS09/610170384


roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 1 month ago

What a surprise, Wagle-the-dog and Anne Ryun were gushing over Cheney. He'll be the next cover of "GOP Teenbeat". Women always go for the bad boy.*

*(I realize that this is a stereotype and the statement made here is for entertainment purposes only.)

rhd99 11 years, 1 month ago

Well, I certainly don't love Cheney! Wagle loves Cheney, GOOD FOR HER! If it weren't for people like these two losers, we would be fighting the good fight to see where Stem cell research could take us to help us fight numerous MD diseases. Oh, no! Not Cheney or Bush! These guys along with other Repblicans, if they say they are for life, then why do they proudly boast pro-life yet deny cures & possible treatments for MD diseases?! HYPOCRITES! You know something, those who live in Douglas County, BE PROUD of where you live, because most of us in this county want change, & yet we are among the most populated counties in the state. We may be the minority in our political views compared to other counties in Kansas, but we are loud & I hope we are proud to be different from the others! Stand up, Douglas Countians & speak out!

KS 11 years, 1 month ago

Pywacket says -"Just one more reason (as if any were needed) to be embarrassed for living in KS. Can't wait to escape... Wish I could relocate Dg Co to a more agreeable state, where it would actually fit in. ;-)"

I say go for it. Do something other than complain. Cleans up this town. Does anyone doing these postings see the glass other than half empty?

youngitized 11 years, 1 month ago

Bush and Cheney are the biggest endorsements for Democrats. Hopefully people here are able to see through the dim demogogery of Ryun and slap Cheney in the face by electing Nancy Boyda. Bush and Cheney=blowhards.

don_burgess 11 years, 1 month ago

Did anyone else think it was a little creepy that this NY Times story showcases two little girls who's mother really, REALLY likes Dick?

Let's hope he doesn't decide to go hunting while he's in town...

cutny 11 years, 1 month ago

Gee, logrithmic, I guess the NYTimes wrote about the WMDs perhaps because the PRESIDENT said that Iraq had them.

Hope Cheney, Ryun and Brownback don't wear out their knee pads before the election, as I'm sure they'll need them going forward.

Kontum1972 11 years, 1 month ago

dick loves hunting wabbits....

dick cheney hunting party.....kelvar vest required

rhd99 11 years, 1 month ago

I am not embarrassed, the glass is half full, once Kline is out of office & Sebelius (hopefully) gets re-elected, & Corkins gets fired from Education, Kansas' footing in the nation will improve ten-fold. Complaining + going to the voting booth = a better Kansas.

KsTwister 11 years, 1 month ago

These articles should come with the name of the dude that thinks he knows something. All the critics would like to know who to communicate to! ..........coward.

Roadkill_Rob 11 years, 1 month ago

Poor Kansas Republicans...their heart is in the right place but they've just been misinformed their whole lives.

heysoos 11 years, 1 month ago

So, from this article we learn that Cheney has a big following with 6 year-olds...and others who read at that level...

Karolyn Kinsey 11 years, 1 month ago

I agree with those who say stop complaining about living in Douglas County. At least you aren't in the heart of red Kansas like my home is in the western part. But since I can't be there because I have to earn a living, I'm stuck in Washington, DC where cheney and bush are camped out. Vote and get all of your friends and neighbors to vote and get the hypocritical creeps, including Ryun and Kline, out of office.

drewdun 11 years, 1 month ago

I saw this fluff piece in the NYT yesterday. It didn't even mention why Darth is here: because an entrenched GOP incumbent in 'deep red' Kansas is struggling. The article made it seem that everybody in Kansas JUST LOVES Dick and the Pubs - what a joke. Even here in 'deep red' Kansas Bush is under 50%; God only knows how low Cheney is. I guess this piece of 'journalistic' rubbish can be filed in the 'More proof that the liberal media myth is just that, a myth' file.

rhd99 11 years, 1 month ago

For those of u who understand basic math, here is your equation for the day: Haliburton + no-bid contracts= Haliburden. Wow, that & Dick Cheney in office; 2008 you can come out now at any time!

bunnyhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

why do y'all have such a hard time figuring out that Cheney et all have MUCH more in common with the robber barons of the industrial age than with any working American of today!!!!

If you work for wages, Dick Cheney and all his minions (and surely you can see that that's all W really is!!) are you enemies!


Steve Jacob 11 years, 1 month ago

Just checking, are there any pictures with Ryan and Chaney together? I remember a month ago in Missouri Sen. Talent had a fundraiser with Bush, but they went out of there way NOT to be pictured together.

Now THAT electon will be fun. The one in Missouri. Funny, the KC Star reported the Rep. stopped giving money to Sen. Dewitt from Ohio, becuase he's DOA, and giving alot of it to Talent.

walkdog262 11 years, 1 month ago

Boy, first Susan Wagle launches a baseless smear campaign against Dennis Dailey, now she's speaking on behalf of Kansans that "We love him here." What's not to like about this lady? I miss Kansas, but I'm glad I moved to Minnesota. And does Anne Ryun speak in tongues too, or is that just her husband?

kugrad 11 years, 1 month ago

I just played "Bootylicious" backwards and it says "Cheney is Satan."

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