By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is not known for pulling his political punches--and he lived up to his reputation Thursday during a surprise appearance Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. In brief remarks to CPAC attendees Cheney, already a prominent critic of the current administration’s conduct of the war on terror, was perhaps the toughest he has been to date. “I think Barack Obama is a one-term president,” he told the crowd.
Making a surprise appearance following a speech by his daughter Elizabeth, the head of a new organization called Keep American Safe and considered by some to be a potential U.S. Senate candidate from Virginia, the former vice president took the stage to thunderous applause, prompting him to say “A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office again” before quickly adding that would “never” happen.
Bullish on the recent string of GOP victories in places like Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, Cheney told the crowd that, in his judgment the “sky is the limit” and that 2010 was “going to be a phenomenal year” for the Republican Party.