When George W. picked Dick Cheney to be his veep in 2000, I was somewhat relieved. I remembered Cheney as a sober Secretary of Defense who seemed much more of an establishment Republican than the reactionary kind (there is a big difference, and the former is much preferable). Practicality seemed to be his M.O. He was an adult in a town of children.
Have you forgotten that Cheney? Watch and marvel at a flip-flop that even Mitt Romney would envy.