I'm going to leave this up for the night and post more in the morning.
I really don't think people have considered the seriousness of this.
First, to me this isn't about politics, but personal responsibility. VP, CEO is does not matter.
I am disgusted by the excuse making here.
I was a Scout, I know how to handle weapons and have. I know the two cardinal rules, one, ALWAYS treat a gun as loaded, two, NEVER point at anything you aren't willing to shoot.
They do take Scouts into the woods, even in New York.
Did I live in a gun culture? Nope. My family comes from hundreds of years of fishermen.
So we fish.
The thing which bothers me about this is Cheney's complete abdication of public responsibility. It isn't enough to see if the victim, and that's the word we should use here, but he owes the American people an explaination for his conduct. Leaving Scotty to explain what happened isn't enough, nor is sending out Mary Matalin.
They didn't shoot anyone, Dick Cheney did.
Let's think about this: the VP shot a man.
Yes, it was a hunting accident, they do happen. But that isn't the issue.
It is Cheney's conduct and that of the White House.
Whether through negligence or inattention, the Vice President harmed someone else , and let the information be leaked to the smallest newspaper he could find. This happened on our dime, yet Cheney acts as if he shot a loyal retainer hunting. There is no sense of a wider public obligation to explain himself or his actions.
Again, yesterday, they hid the fact that Whittington had a heart attack.
If it was truly an accident, clearly, a public statement would be appropriate, not acting like it's none of anyone's fucking business.
A 78 year old man was shot by the Vice President.
That was simply amazing on it's own. But it is his conduct which followed which is reprehensible. Why does he let a private citizen announce something of national interest. So if a member of the Bush family has an accident, are we supposed to wait until it appears in a local newspaper.
Doesn't he owe the family a public apology?
Doesn't he owe the public an accounting of his actions?
Doesn't Cheney work for the American people?
At what point does Dick Cheney step up, admit error and explain himself?
When I was a Scout, about 14, the Scoutmaster I was with at camp, told me something: real men admit when they are wrong.
That advice has served me well over the years.
Cheney's victim is 78 and there is birdshot in his body, and no one knows if he will fully recover or not.
His silence, on a matter of personal responsiblity and honor, is simply repellent.
Update: watch the video of the shot pattern:
posted by Steve @ 12:10:00 AM