First published at WashingtonTimes.com
The Democratic National Committee is going after Dick Cheney with a new fundraising pitch — asking supporters to donate money for a one-way bus ticket to send the former vice president back to Wyoming.
The email from Jen O'Malley Dillon, who worked for the Obama campaign before taking the DNC executive director post, pulls no punches.
"Have you ever had a guest who overstayed his welcome and wondered, 'why is he still here?' After some of his recent interviews, former Vice President Cheney has shown that he clearly doesn't know when to pack it in," she wrote in the Saturday pitch.
Dillon blast Cheney for his recent television interviews, calling them "an effort to tear down President Obama's agenda."
"I don't know about you, but I think it's time for him to stop sniping from the sidelines and let President Obama usher in the changes Americans demanded after eight years of Cheney's disastrous policies," she wrote. "That's why I want Cheney to go back home to Wyoming, and why I want you to help me get him there."
Dillon says in the email a one-way ticket from D.C. to Jackson, WY costs $202 and asks supporters to "chip in" to send Cheney "packing."
"Normally, when a Vice President leaves office with a disastrous legacy and the support of less than one quarter of the public, I'd expect him to keep out of the spotlight," she wrote. "But with the Republican 'Party of No' out of ideas and without any new leaders to provide real solutions, failed leaders like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove have once again taken the helm of the GOP."
She blasted Cheney's criticism of the Obama administration, saying the Republican has been "bashing" the president.
"If there's one person who should understand the crucial need to get this country back on track, it should be the man who took it so disastrously off course — but he doesn't seem to get the message," she wrote. "That's why we need to help him off the national stage and back home to Wyoming. Please take a look at the itinerary we put together and then chip in to get him on a Greyhound bus out of town."
Dillon sends supporters here to make the donation.
The email includes a graphic showing Cheney riding a bus with his head out of the window.
— Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times
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