Over the weekend, Vice President Dick Cheney shot a man in Texas. Asked why he shot the man, the Vice President said, “Just to watch him die.”
Seriously, though. Now that it looks like the shooting victim, Wittington, will be fine, it seems this is going to go down as little more than another pretzel incident.
Still, there’s something disconcerting about a Vice President shooting a man in an orange vest only 30 yards away from him. Is it poor judgment? Lack of focus, concentration?
Then there’s the 18 hour delay in the White House sharing the love. Not comforting, but is anyone really all that surprised? Politicians spin and try to avoid embarrassing news, even when they know they can only delay the inevitable. That’s what they do.
And there’s something spooky about the way the early responses from the Vice President’s office refuse to admit that the man might have made an error or mistake of some kind. No mistakes here! No siree! Dick Cheney is a “real man,” and those kind don’t make mistakes!
Well, I’m guessing this controversy blows away within 7 days and won’t pop up again until the Democratic Convention in 2008 when jokes about the “poor aim” of the Bush administration go into full swing.