Vice President Dick Cheney is not exactly a huge crowd favorite these days. As we noted in an earlier post, Mr. Cheney's sunny predictions about weapons of mass destruction and the Iraq war have proven consistenty wrong. The Scooter Libby trial included testimony that made the VP's office look extremely thin-skinned. Then there was the 2006 hunting accident in which the VP shot a Texas lawyer in the face.
Despite the VP's declining image, our very own senior U.S. senator, Jim Inhofe, will host Mr. Cheney at a fundraiser later this month. According to Republican sources cited today in Oklahoma City, Cheney will be in Tulsa for a hotel luncheon on Friday, April 27.
We feel sure that Oklahoma's party faithful (at least those who can pony up the cash) will love the VP's Tulsa visit. Cheney is great, after all, at "red meat" rhetoric.
But before the festivities begin, it's worth noting that Cheney's upcoming commencement address at Brigham Young University is not meeting universal approval in the very red state of Utah. Associated Press reports we've seen reveal that some students, faculty, and others are upset over BYU's invitation to the vice president. The AP quoted one business professor who pointed out that BYU's emphasis on personal honest and integrity was at odds with Mr. Cheney's political activities.
When a conservative Republican vice president gets "dissed" in Utah, you know things are going from bad to worse for the GOP.