Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave the afternoon keynote address at the KPMG Global Energy Institute conference in Houston yesterday. While his remarks were focused on energy and the oil markets, Cheney also opined on other popular current events. During the question-and-answer period, Cheney gave a ringing endorsement of embattled Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the Republican Medicare-killing budget:
“I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on,” he said referring to the Republican congressman from Wisconsin. “I hope he doesn’t run for president because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do.”
Cheney reserved a presidential endorsement only because he thought Ryan should focus on selling his budget. While Ryan has won over almost every single Republican member of Congress and received a warm welcome from the Koch brothers, Cheney’s endorsement may cool the burn Ryan felt after voters resoundingly rejected the GOP nominee in New York’s special election on Tuesday, an election widely viewed as a referendum on Ryan’s plan.