In a Newsweek interview released today, Dick Cheney was kind enough to give his opinion of Chuck Hagel:
Let's say I believe firmly in Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican. But it's very hard sometimes to adhere to that where Chuck Hagel is involved.
The debate over whether Cheney actually runs the Executive Branch has receded a bit, but the latest publicity "surge" by the Veep makes me think that there is no one in the White House powerful enough to tell him to keep his mouth shut (and, therefore, that he is still basically in charge). Or perhaps someone believes having Cheney act deranged in public is a successful public relations strategy. My hunch lies with the former.