Firstly, Cheney actually SHOT somebody. Holy crap! Good thing he got 5 deferments during the Vietnam era, or he woulda shot some of his buddies there, too.
According to the AP, "the accident occurred after Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of a car to shoot at a covey of quail." Wow. Even when he's hunting small birds Cheney's a fucking coward.
The public didn't find out about the shooting until at least 18 hours later, when it was disclosed to a reporter by the owner of the ranch where they were hunting. Bush found out that someone in the hunting party was shot Saturday night, but was NOT TOLD WHO THE SHOOTER WAS! Cheney's Chappaquiccick moment? It sounds suspicious to me. So how long after your last swig of whiskey until a blood test determines you are sober? And why the hell not tell the President that it was Cheney who shot him??
Cheney thought that the ranch owner, Katharine Armstrong should handle the press on this one, so she called one of her buddies at the local newspaper on Sunday. Hmmmm. Hate the media much, Mr. Cheney? Yeah, they hate you, too, Big Time.
"Whittington 'came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn’t signal them or indicate to them or announce himself,' said Armstrong, who was in the car." Oh, so it's the victim's fault, not the person who swung his gun around wildly and pulled the trigger? This is classic BushCult mentality. It's never their fault.
Best wishes to Mr. Whittington and his family. Hope he fully recovers soon.
Still no word on an apology from Mr. Cheney yet.
Josh at Talking Points Memo has been asking the right questions on this. Here and here
Check here for the White House press gaggle transcript from today (2/13/06) for the official BushCult talking points on this matter.
The White House Word for Today is: Peppered.
As in, "Mr. Whittington was not shot, he was peppered." What-Ever-The-Fuck. Tell it to Mr. Whittington.
Just to recap:
- A BushCult member does something bad to someone.
- The BushCult tries to keep their actions hidden from the public.
- The public finds out, starts asking The BushCult about it. The questioners and questions are dismissed as bothersome and inconsequential.
- The BushCult and their apologists blame everyone else.
- The BushCult and their sycophants manipulate the language to minimize perceptual damage.
- The BushCult does not apologize or acknowledge wrongdoing.