Cheney in the bubble

The vice president says he draws his strength from the "vast majority of the American people."

Published November 3, 2007 12:49PM (EDT)

In an interview with right-wing radio talk show host Mike Gallagher Friday, Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged that, "When you're at the center of the bubble, a lot of times you aren't aware of what's going on outside the bubble."

Maybe that explains this: Asked how he manages to stay the course in the face of so many "pot shots" from critics, Cheney said that "the bottom line is to remember who is vital to this process, and that's the vast majority of the American people out there, and what they believe, and it's those men and women in uniform and their families who are the ones who bear the ultimate burden and pay the ultimate price."

The "vast majority of the American people"? Would that be the roughly 60 percent who disapprove of the job George W. Bush is doing? The 65 percent who say they oppose the war in Iraq? Or the the 72 percent who say that the job performance of Cheney himself is either "only fair" or "poor."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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