February 18, 2006

The falcon cannot hear the falconer

Filed under: Laws and Sausages — tomemos @ 1:52 am

I knew that the Cheney shooting was an amazing story. But it didn’t reach surreal proportions until this:

Shooting Victim Apologizes to Vice President

I’ve heard some wonder whether this isn’t going to backfire on the Republicans, suggesting that all it does is keep the story alive and give people more to joke about. That had better be true, because if the Vice President can shoot a 78-year-old man and incur nothing but an apology, I’m going to have to do some quail hunting of my own.



  1. oh, i got some news for you! my uncle works border patrol in souther TX and he was telling my dad about that day. turns our the the VP goes hunting around there about once a month (our tax dollars at work) and to keep him safe they pull people off border patrol and post them around the perimeter of the hunting grounds. so my uncle was there that day. he didn’t see anything but he herd all the commotion. and then when the secret service told the border patrol guys what happened, the secret service started a betting pool to see how soon the VP would go back hunting (i.e. that day, the next day) they even offered my uncle a piece of the action! i love it! it sounds like it came straight from a movie!

    Comment by ariela — February 20, 2006 @ 5:49 am

  2. All right, let this be the place where I confess that I just don’t get it. They were out hunting and there was an accident. Accidents happen. Why is this our business? I can’t stand Cheney but I really don’t see why this is so monumental.

    Comment by Fae — February 26, 2006 @ 8:50 am

  3. Ashfae–

    Mistakes happen, but I think that whenever the Vice President of the United States is involved in a dangerous and potentially criminal mistake, it becomes our business. If Whittington had died, you’d see the VP facing jail time; even though he lived, it raises questions about whether the VP is behaving recklessly in dangerous situations. Put it this way: car accidents happen, too, but if the Secretary of State ran over a guy, that would be news. Plus, the symbolic nature of this event–Cheney getting unwisely and inaccurately involved in violence, and then being less-than-forthright about it–is poignant.

    If you don’t buy that, how about: turnabout is fair play. Republicans have been savaging Democrats for stuff they didn’t even do, going back to Clinton and beyond. I’m not particularly interested in letting Cheney off the hook for anything, and I don’t see it as a moral high road to do so.

    Comment by Tom — February 27, 2006 @ 9:57 am

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