MeOhMy saidDoesn't change the fact that he is a war-mongering piece of scum. If there is a hell, he has a really good seat reserved for him.
This... does not redeem him for anything.
No, it doesn't redeem him of anything that has to do with his insanity of leading us into war in Iraq or his recent selective memory on the war on terrorism. But I have to look at the good in this. While I will never support Cheney, he reaches out to an audience that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, or Barney Frank never could.
While there is truth in that, people tend to omit things in the United States of Amnesia (as Gore Vidall referred to it). "Conservatives" or Republicans more generally, by and large were with the majority of the rest of the American people in the waning year[s] of the Bush administration. Cheney had the lowest approval rating for a VP in history, at 12%, Congress was at a record-low 9%; both parties were, seemingly, equally hated and abhorred.
Obama entered, and the divisions between people and "ideology" were drastically accelerated, as people were turned against each other once again, instead of against those in power. Thus, Cheney suddenly became relevant to Republicans or so-called "conservatives" as his word actually meaning something.
However, be that as it may, I would rather have Cheney be against all that I am, than have the support of that monster in anything. While he may reach those who support him, those people are lost to me already.
An endorsement from a gross violator of human rights, war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity, genocide, and an egregious dismantling of basic rights and liberties; is not an endorsement I would want.