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Sure it would have been nice to see Harry rant and rave, demand an apology, and reprimand Dick for wheeling a firearm in reckless disregard for the safety of his hunting party. Obviously, that's not Mr. Whittington's style.

Mr. Whittington stood in front of a microphone in broad daylight (without trying to disguise the wounds he suffered and spoke to a crowd of reporters.) He was gracious. He performed like a Southern gentleman. You don't insult your hosts or your guests. (Even if they shoot you and claim it's your fault.) You recognize the "hard" work of the press. You praise the medical staff. You express gratitude to people who wish you well. You acknowledge that hunting requires some risks. You say you're sorry (even though you were the victim.) You recognize the important work Mr. Cheney has to attend to (even as Mr. Cheney spends the day in Wyoming reminiscing about the good old days.) Wow. Now that's grace under fire.

Mr. Whittington was polished and articulate. Even with a face full of birdshot and a belly full of meds.

In his own gracious way, Mr. Whittington pointed out what an ill mannered coward Mr. Cheney is. He reminded us of all that Mr. Cheney is not. He reminded us that big Dick never said he was sorry. Never acknowledged the pain he caused to the victim's family and friends. Rather, Mr. Cheney complained. He whined. He scolded the media. He made himself the "victim" (one of the worst days of MY life.) And he refused to speak in the open. Rather found shelter under the dim lights of a Fox News studio. Fully made up. Pink tie and all.

Mr. Whittington said what he had to say. We got the message. And I'm certain that all across the South they are talking about the Texas gentleman and the Wyoming wimp.

Originally posted to xpress on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 05:51 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Granted (none)
    But I still don't understand why he said (reading from a piece of paper) "Friday" instead of "Saturday."
    •  A subtle suggestion: keep investigating (none)
      Perhaps he was signaling to the press corp, in a subtle way, that the story shouldn't end here. He's pointing them to something. Now let's see if they have guts to find out what it is. We know the police report shows he was injured on the left side and now Whittington is saying "Friday" rather than Sat. More here than meets the ear.
    •  Simple... so simple why hasn't anyone said it yet? (none)
      Rove is LOVING this!  Cheney's hunting accident gets all the press.  Throw them a few bones - keep the story mixed up. Everyone is chasing down "Friday" vs "Saturday".

      While, in the meantime:

      1. The UN condemns Guantanamo Bay and demands it be closed.

      2. France - FRANCE of all places - announces that Iran is going nuclear in a military way, once again proving the utter stupidity of the failed Bush administration's approach to the Middle East.

      3. More Abu Gharib photos and video are out.  But who the hell cares?  Let's see if he was shot on Friday or Saturday!!!!!

      4. No Child Left Behind is revealed as a giant scam where white kids gets lots better breaks than poor, minority or rural kids.  The one supposed jewel Bush can brag about is "based on power, negotiation, politics, but not on the rule of law".  And, Bush is ever so kindly cutting the education budget by $3.2 billion next year.  Just what an underfunded failing program needs: a budget cut!

      The list is endless.  This administration is hemorraging bad news. I only listed a few things that happened this week.  Rove was involved in the Cheney shooting from the start and he jumbled it up just enough to keep the focus here -- on loser, drunk hunter, miserable dark lord Cheney -- instead of the utter failure of the Bush Administration across the board.

      Look, Cheney is a chump. A whiny, lying, good-for-nothing, responsibility-dodging jerk, just like his "boss", Bush.  And while everyone worries about the contents of Cheney's stomach after lunch, the rest of the administration is getting away with murder.

      •  All valid issues but... (none)
        The Cheney shooting is the one issue that could make Republicans defensive. It makes them look untrustworthy, incompetent, and unaccountable.

        Cheney has come to define all that is wrong with Republicanism -- and the failed policies they advocate.

        Your list of issues are powerful -- and I realize that just the tip of the iceberg -- but I believe that Cheney now the face of failure (like DeLay). And that opens the door to expose the failure of everything he and Bush touch.

        "If he can't handle a gun, how can he handle the military."

        "If he shoots first and then looks, it's not hard to imagine how Iraq is screwed up."

        "If he vacations in secret with lobbyists, it's no wonder we get a secretive energy policy."

        "If Bush can't control Cheney, how can he control anything."

        Etc. Etc. Etc.

        •  Except that (none)
          all those lines are not line that will be adopted by the "Conservative Faithful".  The whole "media over-reaction" and "librul hand-wringing/slanderous witch-hunt" fits right into their thinking pattern.

          I would LOVE for the great majority of Americans to adopt exactly those themes you cite. However, time and again, Rove's themes win out.  And "media overkill" is running strong with this one.

          •  I might have to agree... (none)
            I was just searching the news to see how conservatives are "playing" the day's news. They say: "media" was hoping that Whittington would die. Cheney was persecuted. "Feeding frenzy" backfired. Rove orchestrated an image campaign to "declare the story" concluded.

            Will be interesting to see if the public is buying it or spin rules.

            And hopefully, the public -- and the press -- start pushing for answers on the serious issues you presented.

  •  You are right (none)
    Whittington was a true gentleman at that public statement today. Maybe it is just wishful thinking on my part, but there also seemed to be an undertone of quiet, carefully controlled fury in his manner.
  •  and well dressed! (none)
    did anyone notice the way his tie matched the yellowish hue of the fading bruises?
  •  You're right (none)
    His graciousness is wasted on Cheney. He's a miserable SOB as he's only worried about himself. For example when he whined about the worst day of my life if he had just added "I can't imagine what it was like for Harry!" it would have been infinitely better. No Chance because he can't imagine how Harry or his family felt...and what was up with the pink tie?

    Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought- John F. Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 06:40:13 PM PST

  •  re-watch the interview (none)
    Cheney's tie was a perfect match to the make-up they plastered all over his face to make him look more human and less like Satan.

    "To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice." Confucius

    by Patriot4peace on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 07:05:34 PM PST

  •  Whitington seemed more like an abused woman (none)

    Why is he apologizing for being shot by a drunk coward ?!

    The meds must be as good as the mkup job !

    The southern manners were nice * but let's be honest ! the guy is banged up pretty bad !

    Then again I would never have evil friends like DICK !

    Mark Warner / Wesley Clark 2008 **

    by Susan Easley on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 07:37:45 PM PST

  •  Wyomingites (none)
    I grew up in this state.  I wouldn't make reference to a "Wyoming wimp"... there are few such that reside there.  Despite Wyoming's politics, you would be hard-pressed to find friendlier people, people more willing to lend help to a stranger.

    Nor would I draw comparisons between Texas and Wyoming.  Cheney's just a bastard all the way around, regardless of the state in which he happens to reside at the time.

    "Life is forever menaced by chaos and must restore balance with every intake of breath"-- Jean Gebser

    by rangemaster on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 09:24:39 PM PST

    •  No offense meant... (none)
      Not to impugn the character of those in Wyoming or those in Texas.

      Only wanted to imply that Cheney neither demonstrated the character of a real Texan or the virtues you might expect from a real Wyomingite.  

      Hopefully, as you, those who live in those "red" states can tell the two-faced imposters from the real deal.

      For Cheney to show up in Wyoming today looking for a big hug must really seem offensive to you and others who don't like the big Dick to use the state as a political prop. You deserve better.

      •  Cheney in Wyoming (none)
        Just for fair disclosure, I'm no longer in Wyoming, although my heart is still there.

        And yes, Cheney being in Wyoming today before the Wyoming Legislature was offensive, and the applause he received was even more so.

        "Life is forever menaced by chaos and must restore balance with every intake of breath"-- Jean Gebser

        by rangemaster on Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 09:59:31 PM PST

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