Monday, February 13, 2006

National Politics - briefly

What do these two men have in common?

Seriously, though.

The weird thing is: why did Cheney's staff/the White House keep this under wraps for almost 24 hours?

(by the way, the cat on the left with the kickin' mutton chops is Aaron Burr.


Dawg Corleone said...

Why wait 24 hours?

To give the White House press corps time to dream up such gems as these:

"Should the Vice-President consider resigning?"

And--my favorite--

"Would this have been more serious if the man had died?"

My hand to God: those were questions posed to Scott McClellan this afternoon.

The White House press corps--clearly the most self-absorbed group of people outside the Howard "We're Gonna Blog Our Way to the White House" Dean inner circle: they were positively pissed that the lady who owned the ranch called the local paper instead of the New York Times.

How dare she?!?!

samrocha said...

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Publius said...


The icon of journalistic integrity and excellence that is the WH Press Corps?

I imagine that we diss on them for different reasons though.

Jmac said...

Yeah, I don't really have any problem with the White House trying to keep this under wraps. I mean, it isn't the most calming news to hear that the Vice President accidently shot a man in the face, so giving them a day to catch their breath is understandable.

I think this administration is weirdly secretive too, but I think this instance is just out of embarassment more than anything else.

By the way, Corleone, the first question you referenced concerning the VP resigning probably made little sense at this press conference, but made perfect sense following Cheney's heart attack in 2001 (or, quite possibly, during the Libby scandal). You ask that question enough, and it tends to get stuck in your list of regular inquiries.

gap said...

I don't see why there is a need to make an issue out of a plain ol' funny story. "Vice President shoots Texas lawyer in face" is a good headline. This is better than Bush 41 puking on the prime minister of Japan.

Anonymous said...


Wasn't the first question you referenced about "whether Cheney will resign" asked due to the VP's involvement in the CIA Leak scandal, and not in relation to the VP's shooting of another human being?

So nice of you to take the question out of its proper context, you are a good conservative soldier.

andyrusk said...

So...the VP is dangerous. And so bloodthirsty as to shoot at a lousy quail without noticing the orange-clad hunter beyond. Who'd have guessed? Addressed it briefly on my site.

DoubleDawgDareYa said...

Current headlines on Yahoo!:

"Cheney apparently breaks key hunting rule"
"Abramoff said to claim close ties to Rove"
"White House strongly defends Katrina role"
"U.N. report criticizes U.S. for Guatanamo"
"Lay reveals losses before Enron implosion"

The second worst thing about this is that it distracts from all of the real incompetence and criminality of this adminisration (the first would I guess have to be a guy getting shot in the face with a shotgun).

Dawg Corleone said...


The "would it be proper for the Vice-President to offer his resignation" question came from radio reporter Connie Lawin, and it was asked during the Who Did He Shoot and When Did He Shoot Them portion of the inquisition.

Amazingly, it was Connie who asked the "Would it have been more serious if the man had died" question.

An amazingly stupid woman.

I'm a Realist said...

"Never trust a Dick with a gun."

That's always been my motto.

andyrusk said...

I wonder if the WP had whiskey on his breath. That would explain the shooting having gone unreported.

DoubleDawgDareYa said...

He now admits to having had 1 beer on the day of the incident.