And apparently he thinks Nancy Pelosi shrunk them. Below is an excerpt from this article:
Most striking were his virtually taunting remarks of two men he described as friends from his own days in the House: Democratic Reps. John Dingell (Mich.) and John P. Murtha (Pa.).
In a 40-minute interview with Politico, he scoffed at the idea of two men who spent years accruing power showing so much deference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the big spending and energy debates of the year.
Murtha”and the other senior leaders â€¦ march to the tune of Nancy Pelosi to an extent I had not seen, frankly, with any previous speaker,”Cheney said.”I’m trying to think how to say all of this in a gentlemanly fashion, but [in] the Congress I served in, that wouldn’t have happened.”
But his implication was clear: When asked if these men had lost their spines, he responded, â€œThey are not carrying the big sticks I would have expected.”
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), who as Democratic Caucus Chair is the party’s fourth-ranking House leader, replied:”Some of us were surprised that the president didn’t have a bigger stick when he could have stood up to Dick Cheney.”