“Watching Dick Cheney defend the Bush administration’s interrogation policies, it’s been hard to escape the impression that both the Republican Party and the country would be better off today if Cheney, rather than John McCain, had been a candidate for president in 2008,” wrote columnist Ross Douthat. He argued that a Cheney-for-president campaign would have helped the GOP determine if its losses were due to a failure to be conservative enough, as many think. The campaign also would have forced the public to confront the torture issue.
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