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Dick Cheney Midas Touch Strikes Again as McCarthy Endorsement Precedes McCarthy Failure

Dick Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Sept. 8, 2015.

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Dick Cheney isn’t good at anticipating future events. This was most famously illustrated when he said that the U.S. forces invading Iraq in 2003 would find weapons of mass destruction and be “greeted as liberators,” but it was also underlined Thursday morning when he endorsed California Republican Kevin McCarthy for the House speakership mere hours before an embattled McCarthy dropped out of the race. From Cheney’s statement, via Politico:

I’ve known Kevin McCarthy for many years. He is a good man and a strong leader. As a man of the House and a former member of the House leadership, I know that Kevin McCarthy is the person we need as Speaker in these dangerous and important times.

Dick Cheney has a Midas touch where instead of gold the things he touches turn into failure and chaos.