(BEWARE: Political talk will follow. Remember, you have been warned.)
Now repeat after me. Guns Don’t Shoot People. Vice Presidents Shoot People.
If it wasn’t bad enough that RICH** Cheney shoots someone and then fails to mention it to the White House for a day, the initial comment by his office was that the VP had just “peppered” his victim. (** Please note that I don’t call him Dick or Richard, as I believe RICH in all caps is the best way to describe a guy, who received an extremely golden parachute after leaving Halliburton.)
I’m really tired of how this administration never answers to the press besides a few blurbs in a Bob Woodward book. This is why I wasn’t too bothered by the shots (verbal) that Gee Dub took while attending Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Neither of these guys ever faces a crowd, which might disagree with them. I’m not saying they should go on a tour of liberal college bookstores, but they do owe the American people a lot more explanation of their political decisions than what they currently offer. Cheney hasn’t had a regular press conference in over 3 and half years. Shameful.
Bill O’Reilly has been touting how this isn’t that big of a deal, as the shooting only affected one guy, the victim. This from the same guy who made his career going after another politician (Bill Clinton) for being involved in an incident which only affected one person. (M. Lewinsky) When you think about it, Clinton and Cheney both sprayed their victims in the face, but Monica’s recovery was a lot easier, basically just needing a blue dress and one big gulp. I don’t totally disagree with O’Reilly, as the manufacturing of evidence for the war in Iraq and the involvement of the VP in the Valerie Plame case are much larger issues than an accidental shooting.
Of course, O’Reilly doesn’t focus much on these issues, as he felt the biggest story over the weekend was Al Gore making incendiary comments about how the American government has treated Muslims. While I’m not a big fan of Gore’s comments, to treat them as the biggest story of the day is lunacy. Gore is yesterday news. No wait a minute, John Kerry is yesterday’s news. Gore is a fringe player at this point. Just a (justifiably in my eyes) bitter man, who is given to speaking on important truths, but often adds a little too much hyperbole, which ultimately wrecks his message. At least the guy was a top-notch Vice President, though, unlike what we have gotten from RICH.
How is it that RICH can turn down the advice of the White House that he should tell the mainstream press about the incident, instead of offering it to some paper in Corpus Christi? How is that RICH can continue to not answer to anyone about his questionable behavior? I’m tired of people claiming that our current President is a strong leader, as he continues to fail to police his own HOUSE. While facing more pressure from the press, the ineffective opposition leadership provided by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Howard Dean will probably allow the current administration to slide through it.
What a sad time in American political history. Maybe the 22nd Amendment wasn’t such a great idea, as we need a shot of Slick Willie.