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Michael van der Galien

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Hospitalized

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Posted on June 26 2010 10:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney was hospitalized late yesterday evening, after ‘experiencing discomfort,’ Fox News reports. It was the latest health scare for the 69-year old conservative leader who has a long (and troubling) history of heart disease.

Spokesman Peter Long said he expected Cheney to stay in the George Washington University Hospital over the weekend.

It’s unclear at this moment whether Cheney’s health concern was related to his previous heart troubles.

The former vice president had his first heart attack when he was only 37 years old. He suffered his fifth such attack in February of this year.

Cheney is one of the conservative movement’s most important and influential leaders. He began his career ‘an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he served the latter as White House Chief of Staff. In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming; he was reelected five times, eventually becoming House Minority Whip. Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush’s term. During this time, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions.’

In 2000 he became George W. Bush’s running mate and one year later vice president. He was considered one of the most influential VP’s in history, and played in important role in the Bush administration’s response to 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror.

As a result of his influence, boldness, success and, of course, conservatism, Cheney has long been hated and despised by the Left. When he was still vice president, he was often depicted as some kind of evil genius, a real life version of Darth Vader.

This hatred is, of course, the greatest homage progressives can pay to a conservative: the more they hate you, the better you’ve done.

Let’s hope that Cheney will recover quickly and that he’ll soon be doing what he does best: piss off leftists.

As an aside, I can’t help but wonder what former Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel sent his friends on the so-called JournoList in reaction to Cheney’s hospitalization. Any guesses?

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