Monday, February 13, 2006

The “oh shit” heard round the world

I don’t think it’s that big a deal that Dick Cheney shot one of his hunting buddies. Yes, he is a NRA favourite, pro-gun kind of guy, and yes he did shoot a lawyer (not bad), but the man has had so many heart attacks that a medical team travels with him at all times so that was an advantage. Shit happens but can you imagine when it first happened. I just wish I had a dollar for every expletive uttered by the Republicans while hearing the news and trying to figure out how to tell the public about it (wait 18 hours).

But is this shooting just “wagging the dog”? On Thursday evening and Friday, stories started running that “Vice President Dick Cheney directed his aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby to use classified material to discredit a critic of the Bush administration's Iraq war effort”. Now, I’m not suggesting Cheney shot Harry Whittington just to divert attention away from this not-so-new looming scandal but I have to wonder if da b’ys didn’t go from “oh shit” to “ohhhhhhh shit, let’s milk this”. After all, the Houston Chronicle reports that Whittington was “bruised more than bloodied” and a witness of the incident said, of Whittington, “I think his pride was hurt more than anything else." But you ask most anyone around the water cooler today “did you hear the news about Cheney?” and I bet you won’t hear the name Scooter Libby.

Wag, wag, wag.


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