A self-described "Goldwater Conservative," John Dean despairs of the current state of the Republican Party. His list of misguided policies that have nothing to do with conservatism. One example: "People like Dick Cheney, who was Secretary of Defense then, were urging that the President not bother to get the consent of Congress and just go on and do something and ignore the War Powers Act. ... Cheney was running around his own Defense Department people to the White House, trying to sell them on various schemes ... ."