Cheney Was A Racecar Driver

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You may remember author and neocon mouthpiece Stephen F. Hayes from such hits as attacking Bill Moyers and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's wooden leg. Turns out he's also The Penguin's Vice President Cheney's official biographer. His latest on Dick is, Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President. Why are we mentioning this here? Because of a vehicular anecdote retold in a review of the tome by Newsweek's Evan Thomas:

Hayes recounts a scene told to him by David Bohrer, the vice president's official photographer, about Cheney at a Secret Service test-driving track in Beltsville, Md. The Secret Service was teaching Cheney how to drive to evade terrorists by executing a "J-turn." Cheney, who had not driven a car in about two years, jammed the Chevy Camaro into reverse, hit the accelerator until he was going about 40 miles an hour, then slammed on the brakes in order to spin the car a full 180 degrees. Bohrer had mounted a camera on the windshield to record Cheney's face. The veep was expressionless throughout. "It was as if he was taking a Sunday drive," Bohrer told Hayes.

Say what you will about the man's warmongering politics, but damn — I don't think collectively we have the balls to attempt that. Also, with a Bocephus sticker on his 442 he'd light 'em up just for fun. []

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Say what you will about the evilness of Cheney (and I will), but damn, the man's got stones. Evasive driving maneuvers are a walk in the park compared to destroying an entire democracy.