Darth Vader Refuses to Die

04/24/2009 12:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The story of the last White House is perhaps most of all about the relationship of the president and vice president. Who was the dominant figure? Was there an alternative government inside the official government? How much of the buck stopped with Dick Cheney?

These are all points that Cheney seems now to want to argue. The Times has him with his Starbucks coffee in his garage office plotting out a memoir on his yellow pads as he makes a series of strategic media appearances--continuing to use Fox News as the Bush White House used it for the past eight years.

Bush himself may be in a contented retirement, but Cheney is still, belligerently and rancorously, commanding the legacy. This is defensive: He's afraid the Democrats might be out to get him. And it's retaliatory: He's mad at Bush for not pardoning Scooter Libby (the Times reports Cheney and Bush have only spoken once since January). And it's territorial: He's not just defending the record, he's claiming it.

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