Tina Brown seems to be very conflicted about her opinion of Dick Cheney.
After telling the "Morning Joe" panel the former Vice President is a "wrecking ball" who "seems to be totally in denial still about Iraq," the Daily Beast-Newsweek editor said moments later, "He's been validated by Obama" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
TINA BROWN, DAILY BEAST-NEWSWEEK: I mean, you know, Cheney seems to be totally in denial still about Iraq. I mean, totally in denial. You know, he just doesn't want to admit that, you know, he and Rumsfeld were just wrong and got it wrong, and we’ve paid a horrendous price for it. So he's in total denial. One of the things I feel is just, you know, you get reminded again of what a kind of wrecking ball the guy was.
Moments later, when the discussion turned to how anti-war Democrat presidential candidates become far more hawkish if elected, Brown changed her tune:
BROWN: Well, I mean, Dick Cheney could argue that we're all Cheneyites now in the sense that…
JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Yes we are.
BROWN: … here is Obama, you know, with Guantanamo and the drones. I mean, this is all…
SCARBOROUGH: Triple the number of troops.
BROWN: Absolutely, it’s Cheney-like.
SCARBOROUGH: We're firing drones into Somalia. Dropping bombs on a country we're not at war at. Yemen.
BROWN: He's been validated by, by, by Obama.
SCARBOROUGH: He has. I said that yesterday. Boy, the tweets. Whoa!
So does that mean Obama is also a wrecking ball totally in denial?
Not surprisingly, that didn't come up.