Monday, February 13, 2006
Dick Cheney's quail-hunting story full of holes.
Well, here's someone (via ThinkProgress) who knows how to ask the right questions.
HERE'S ANOTHER WEIRD INCONSISTENCY: Hanging out on the stationary bike down at the gym over lunch, and watching/listening to the Scott McClellan press gaggle, and something very odd happened. The current talking point is that shooting victim Harry Whittington came up quietly behind Cheney's group and didn't properly announce his presence, which makes it Whittington's fault.
This is, at best, a lame argument since one would think that, if you're out with a group of hunters, you should know where they are at all times and, if you don't, you simply don't shoot. If Whittington was a member of Cheney's hunting party, what the hell was Cheney doing firing without having a good idea where Whittington was at the time? But that's not the oddity.
At one point (and I'm doing this strictly from memory), McClellan described Whittington's sudden arrival as if it was a complete surprise; as if Cheney would have had no reason to even know Whittington was even in the area. Based on the way McClellan phrased it, the impression I got was that someone listening to his explanation would have concluded that Whittington was somehow part of a totally different group of which Cheney had no knowledge whatsoever. But that doesn't make any sense as McClellan continually referred to Whittington as a "member of the vice-president's hunting party."
Something here just doesn't make sense.