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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun (and a Beer)

So Dick Cheney is admitting he had a beer beer before he shot a 78 year old man in the face? Sounds like he's doing damage control from the MSNBC scrub of yesterday. Neil Cavuto and the other concern trolls over at Fox are now discussing "Politicizing Hunting Accident: Big Mistake For Democrats?"

We must be on the right track.

Regarding the "beer at lunch" comment, this from police officer Michael Embly:
One lie I can always spot is "two beers." When I hear that from a driver that I've stopped for erratic driving, then I know that I've hit the jackpot. I don't know why 90% of drunk drivers say they've had two beers. It's like there is some sort of genetic code that dictates this answer. They could say they've had two glasses of wine or one martini but they rarely do. I don't mind though because it just makes my job easier.
The bottom line: the Vice President of the United States thinks it's okay to drink and then pick up a gun -- resulting in a serious injury to an old man -- and then not tell the country about it for four days.

What will we tell the children?

(hat tip Cozumel)

Update: John Nichols:
Vice President Dick Cheney, who was forced to leave Yale University because his penchant for late-night beer drinking exceeded his devotion to his studies, and who is one of the small number of Americans who can count two drunk driving busts on his driving record, may have been doing more than hunting quail on the day that he shot a Texas lawyer in the face.

This is where the hunting accident "incident" becomes a serious matter. The role played by the Secret Service in preventing questioning of Cheney on the evening of the shooting takes on new significance. If Cheney was in any way impaired at the time of the shooting, it was certainly to the Vice President's advantage put off the official investigation until the next morning.

(graphic by Dark Black)