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Posted on Feb 13, 2006

By Molly Ivins

UPDATE: Check out Truthdig’s extensive and continuing coverage of the heart attack of Cheney’s shooting victim.

Of course the jokes are flying all over Texas—what’s the fine for shooting a lawyer?—and so forth. Dick-Cheney-shooting-Harry-Whittington is fraught, as they say, with irony. It’s not as though the ground in Texas is littered with liberal Republicans. I think the vice president winged the only one we’ve got.

Not that I accuse Harry Whittington of being an actual liberal—only by Texas Republican standards, and that sets the bar about the height of a matchbook. Nevertheless, Whittington is seriously civilized, particularly on the issues of crime, punishment and prisons. He served on both the Texas Board of Corrections and on the bonding authority that builds prisons. As he has often said, prisons do not curb crime, they are hothouses for crime: “Prisons are to crime what greenhouses are to plants.”

In the day, whenever there was an especially bad case of new-ignoramus-in-the-legislature—a “lock ‘em all up and throw away the key” type—the senior members used to send the prison-happy, tuff-on-crime neophyte to see Harry Whittington, a Republican after all, for a little basic education on the cost of prisons.

When Whittington was the chairman of Texas Public Finance Authority, he had a devastating set of numbers on the demand for more, more, more prison beds. As Whittington was wont to point out, the only thing prisons are good for is segregating violent people from the rest of society, and most of them belong in psychiatric hospitals to begin with. The severity of sentences has no effect on crime.

Texas still keeps the nonviolent, the retarded, senior citizens, etc. locked up for ridiculous periods—all at taxpayer expense. If we could ever get to where we spend as much per pupil on education as we do per prisoner, this state would take off like a rocket. In 2003, we spend nearly $15,000 per prisoner, while average per-pupil spending was just over $8,000.

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I am not trying to make a big deal out of a simple hunting accident for partisan purposes—just thought it was a good chance to pay tribute to old Harry, a thoroughly decent man. However, I was offended by the never-our-fault White House spin team. Cheney adviser Mary Matalin said of her boss, “He was not careless or incautious [and did not] violate of any of the [rules]. He didn’t do anything he wasn’t supposed to do.” Of course he did, Ms. Matalin, he shot Harry Whittington.

Which brings us to one of the many paradoxes of the Bush administration, which claims to be creating “the responsibility society.” It’s hard to think of a crowd less likely to take responsibility for anything they have done or not done than this bunch. They’re certainly good at preaching responsibility to others—and blaming other people for everything that goes wrong on their watch.

Of course the Cheney shooting was an accident.

But is it an accident if your home and your life are destroyed by the flood following a hurricane? Especially if the flood was caused by failed levees, a government responsibility?

Is it an accident if you are born with a clubfoot and your parents are too poor to pay for the operation to fix it? Is there any societal responsibility in such a case?

Is it an accident when your manufacturing job gets shipped overseas and all you can find to replace it is a low-wage job at the big-box store with no health insurance, and your kid breaks his leg, and you can’t pay the bill, so you have to declare bankruptcy under a new law that leaves you broke for good, with no chance of ever getting out of debt? Or was all of that caused by deliberate government policy?

Cheney is much given to lecturing us about taking responsibility. When and where does societal responsibility come in?

Cheney has a curious, shifting history on issues of blame and responsibility. He was vice chair of the congressional committee that spent 11 months investigating the Iran-Contra affair and author of its minority report. As John W. Dean highlights in a recent essay, the 500-page majority report concluded the entire affair “was characterized by pervasive dishonesty and inordinate secrecy.” But Cheney’s report said the Reagan administration’s repeated breaking of the law was “mistakes ... were just that—mistakes in judgment and nothing more.”

Those of you who saw Cheney’s interview with Jim Lehrer last week may recall the passage on Darfur that ended with this:

Lehrer: “It’s still happening. There are now 2 million people homeless.”
Cheney: “Still happening, correct.”
Lehrer: “Hundreds of thousands of people have died, and—so you’re satisfied the U.S. is doing everything it can do?”
Cheney: “I am satisfied we’re doing everything we can do.”

His head still tilts over more to the right when he lies.

 


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By Robert S. Elkin, February 14, 2006 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment
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I can’t see why everyone is getting so up tight about our Vice President shooting a lawyer.  He may have thought he was doing the country a service.  And the fact that he did not a Texas hunting stamp is of no matter.  George Bush does obey the law or the constitution, so why do you expect Dick Cheney to obey it.  Come, come now you Liberals.

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By Erica, February 14, 2006 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment
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Molly totally leaves out the fact that Whittington was chair of the Texas Funeral Service Commission at a time when Molly loved ripping on the industry for the whole Funeralgate mess during the 2000 elections….
Oh how I miss my days of working in TX government.

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By George Georgas, February 14, 2006 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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This dog of a story may or may not hunt, but it effectively represents a microcosm of the Cheney-Bush regime: the Veep is either guilty of gross incompetence or abject wickedness. That encapsulates the Bushies’ five-year “plan” so far: they are fruitless and feckless at best, or truthless and ruthless at worst. Or, more likely, they are both evil and bad at being evil.

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By Louise Carle, February 14, 2006 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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Interesting turn of events, as apparently one of the pieces of “bird-shot” has now lodged in or on Mr. Whittington’s heart.
So if worse comes to worst, will Cheney be charged with manslaughter?

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By sam sears, February 14, 2006 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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I called my nephew down in Oklahoma where he hunts a lot of quail and ask him what he thought about this.  He said the quail were laughing their asses off all over the region.  My sister, another Okie, upon being told Cheney had shot a person instead of a bird, said “He will have to re-load”.  These are real people from the heartland. I always check the down home folks for a good assessment of the situation.  Sam Sears

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By Carolyn Jackson, February 14, 2006 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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I saw that PBS interview, Molly, and remarked to several friends that I’d never seen anyone say such hideous things so glibly. I always think GWB stumbles because he knows he’s not coming clean, but Cheney has no such scruples. Now I know to watch for the cocked head, which of course he’s not showing much.

Not being an officer of the law or a Texan, I have a question: Is it okay in Texas for one person to shoot another and not report it? Doesn’t treatment of a gunshot wound usually involve a police investigation? Doesn’t an officer have to agree that it’s an accident?

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By Gerald Pechenuk, February 14, 2006 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
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Apparently the President of Vice is not familiar with the legend of the ancient Chinese tyrant, Emperor Chain-Hee, whose tomb has written on it, the Ancient Chinese Proverb which warns future tyrants unequivocally:  “He who puts lye in yellow cake, poisons himself with eternal belly-ache.”

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By George Ripley, February 14, 2006 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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I kept hearing reports that Whittington “came up behind” Cheney, as if, presumably, and understandably that’s what got him shot, “happens every time.”

What?... did Cheney whirl and fire at a noise behind him, or did he pull the trigger while the shotgun was pointed over his shoulder?

Talk about a loose cannon…images of Saddam’s reckless celebratory rifle firing come to mind.

I would be interested to know the range of the shooting. How many pellets hit Whit? It sounded to me like the pattern spread perhaps indicated he was only 20 feet away.

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By Carole Plourde, February 14, 2006 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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I guess The NRA never gave vice-president Cheney a course in gun safety.  With all the money they probably threw at the Bush re-election campaign you’d think they could throw in a few free lessons for the vice-president.

Does this mean that President Bush will have to wear body armor everytime the vice-president is in the room?

I think the president should get the same body armor that a lot of our troops got in Iraq. None!

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By Michael J. Bennett, February 14, 2006 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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Cheyney drunk? The FIRST check in a hunting accident is always if alcohol or drugs were involved. The delay in Cheyney and his host reporting the shoobenting and refusing to allow Cheyney to be interviewed by the police immediately afte the incident is very likely explained by his blood/alcohol level and his host providing the drug. Yet another coverup by Cheyney and gang. Why isn’t the Fourth Estate doing its job and demanding details on Cheyney’s sobriety during and after ther shooting? 

Michael J Bennett

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By Marilyn Daniel, February 14, 2006 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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I need an explanation of how a shooter hits a person in the face-and-chest as an accident.

It sounds like a deliberate act.  Please, graph the scene.

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By Adam Marsnik, February 14, 2006 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Remember “Guns don’t kill people. Vice-Presidents Do”  Good thing Dick never went to war and actually learned how to shoot, or poor Harry Wittington would be dead.

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By Thomas Guggenheim, February 14, 2006 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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Dick Cheney will not be treated well by the historians. He may also be castigated by his fellow republicans once the enormity of his “mistakes” sink into their slowly weakening parisan, hard heads. The genocide in Darfur is on our government’s distant foreign policy horizon. We are doing as much for those people as we did in Rwanda.

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By Alan Grinde, February 14, 2006 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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Just Stop and think about how dangerous the whole bush gang is. These are the people that want to invade Syria and Iran and north korea before having the problems in afganistan and Iraq solved first. They have spent more money than all the other administrations togather. They will break our country financialy going at this pace. The war on terror is a joke, I live in Arizona where any Tom,Dick or Harry can sneak into this country at a moments notice and our governmemt is helpless to do any thing about it. Lets face it our government does not want to secure our borders or they would have our military there to do the job instead of overseas. I see our great country on the verge of serious decline.

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By Eileen McKee, February 14, 2006 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment
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What with the victim’s recent heart attack, if he were to die, we will be able to use the term “he got away with murder” in the literal sense.

I agree with Ms. Ivins that Cheney took notes back in the day, and is planning on winning in this “do-over” of a power trip. Hence his heavy use of executive privelege, starting back in early 2001 while meeting with the energy task force. He knows best how to play this game, having been there before.

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By Robin Monroe, February 14, 2006 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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Frankly, I think it is stupid that people are making such a big thing out of this. Why should the White House Report the fact that Mr. Cheney was involved in such an accident with his long time friend?  It was, after all, an accident.

If you had ever been bird hunting you would know that such accidents can happen quite easily when people get away from their hunting party. Generally when people bird hunt, they do so in a line all walking at the same pace, and they let dogs do the retrieving.  Birds are shot “on the fly.” One raises their shotgun as the bird is flushed to fly and they slowly swing their gun in the flight direction of the bird and pull the trigger.  If someone is out away from the hunting party, bent over in long grass, and then stand up just as the trigger has been squeezed - yup, it makes for a really bad accident. The fact that Mr. Wittington only got shot in his face, and torso is simply a testimony to the fact that he was wearing heavy trousers and boots in the field.  At 30 yards the scatter from the shot would have been enough to have peppered 6 men out in front of it.

This type of bird hunting accident happens quite frequently.  It happened 34 times last year in just Wisconsin alone. And yet, every year hundreds of thousands of people go upland game bird hunting many of them women - and many of them liberals, I know because I am both a liberal and a woman. We know the risks, and we go anyway.  Even John Kerry goes upland game bird hunting as he was so delighted to show us during the last presidential campaign.

It was an accident. It really isn’t the public’s business, and it was between two people who have been friends longer than many of you have been alive.  I don’t think the White House needed to report it, I don’t think it should be fodder for the evening news.

Not when we live in a world that gives us opportunity for real news every single day.

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By Greg Kenefick, February 14, 2006 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment
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In 2000, I said the only thing good about George Bush being elevated to the White House was that the Washington Post would run Molly Ivins column occasionally. I didn’t realize at the time that the Post get more reactionary than the Washington Times when it came to criticizing the Bushes. So, I guess there’s been nothing good about the Bush Cheney years.

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By George P. Brown, February 14, 2006 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment
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Who else was in the hunting party that we have not heard about? The identities of all those present would probably be most interesting.  It is difficult to believe that only 5 people were present at a super bird hunt, two of whom were men.

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By John Ullmann, February 14, 2006 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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Ms. Ivins,
Thank you for not dropping the ball on this one.  Unfortunately incompetence is not an impeachable offense.  This great Republic of ours used to have a simple way of correcting such situations.  We called this simple thing elections.
If the Republican party cannot be retired from its majority this time around, I am going to seriously think about moving to Canada, if they’ll have me.
I am so ashamed of my political leaders.
Carry on!

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By peter marco, February 14, 2006 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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getting an invitiation to go quail hunting with cheney is like getting a dinner invitation to the medici s.

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By jake, February 14, 2006 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment
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gee, we regular folk have to attend classes should we forget to wear a seatbelt while driving. i shudder to wonder how many charges i’d be facing (reckless endangerment while hunting without a license?) if i shot at the first big orange-vested object that moved..

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By maryleah, February 14, 2006 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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Molly…great honest read.Like most intelligent people we know the truth to be that these brave hunters killing birds at this canned hunting ranch were DRUNK!

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By John E. Ogden Sr., February 14, 2006 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
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Molly: How come no one has mentioned that a true sportsman lets the birds get into the air before shooting them.  But, we all know Chaney does not play by the rules.

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By Kathleen, February 14, 2006 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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Darth Cheney. His crooked face indicates an extreme difference between his real self and his self-image. The man is distorted, outwardly and more insidiously, inwardly.

As a result of reading “Bushwhacked”, I’ve indulged my penchant for nick-naming, much like our Demander-in Chief, and have translated your nickname, “Shrub”, into Italian. It comes out Busholini.

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By Tony Russell, February 14, 2006 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY DUCKS QUESTION ABOUT VEEP

Washington, DC, Feb. 14 –

Visibly angered, White House press secretary Scott McClellan responded “No comment” to a reporter’s inquiry about rumors that prominent Republican attorney Harry Whittington may have been wounded by friendly fire. 

Questions about the incident have arisen just three days after the White House held a special Sunday press conference to announce that Whittington and Vice President Dick Cheney had been ambushed by “a large force of illegal alien terrorists” while on routine patrol early Saturday evening at the Armstrong ranch in Texas.

According to press releases distributed at the earlier conference, the Land Rover in which Cheney and Whittington were riding was disabled by a mortar round during the attack, and Whittington was wounded in numerous parts of his body by shrapnel. 

In complete disregard of his own safety, the releases said, Cheney pulled Whittington from the burning vehicle, dragged him to the shelter of a nearby golf bunker while under heavy fire, commandeered an unarmored golf cart, and raced for help. 

“Vice President Cheney’s quick action and courage under fire no doubt saved Harry Whittington’s life,” McClellan had said on Sunday.  “He is a true American hero.  As with Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman before him, his story is a reminder that this administration will stop at nothing in its efforts to win the global war against terrorism.”

“The President and Vice President have both sworn that they will work tirelessly to defeat terrorism.  They will not rest until the war on terrorism is won and Osama bin Laden is brought to justice for his role in the scurrilous attack on September 11,” McClellan had added.  “Vice President Cheney’s patrol in Texas demonstrates his desire to share the risks and dangers of our brave forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and—we anticipate—in Iran.”

Cheney’s exploits at the Armstrong ranch had promised to put quietus, once and for all, to accusations that he was a “chicken hawk” for seeking and receiving a reported five separate deferments to avoid military service during the Vietnam era.  Critics had charged that Cheney—an avid duck, quail, pheasant, and dove hunter—only enjoyed shooting at things that couldn’t shoot back.

On Sunday, looking tanned and fit after his most recent month-long patrol in Texas, President Bush had basked in the reflected glory of his Vice President’s derring-do.  “This is the Dick Cheney I’ve always known and admired,” said the President, “a man I want by my side when the going gets tough.” 

Harry Whittington, who had been at the Vice President’s side on Saturday evening, was unavailable for comment.

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By guy p. fraser, February 14, 2006 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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mabe whittington said something chaney
  didnt like…..like what you morons are doing
  is hijacking our country
                guy p. fraser

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By Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, February 14, 2006 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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Since the NeoCons believe that they can rewrite the rule book just like they did back when they were optimizing their advantages at Monopoly in grade school this event is hardly surprising.  It is yet another evidence in the growing pile of documentation that they view rules as a way to cheat.

That being the case expecting them to behave otherwise is unrealistic. 

We need to ‘get’ the internal landscape of their minds and stop expecting them to be different because they are in power. 

The NeoCons have consistently shown the empathy and accountability of pubescent school boys out to replicate their fantasies of world domination. 

Get that and efficacious action is possible.

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By Jim Denton, February 14, 2006 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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Now it even appears that Cheney lacked the proper license to shoot birds, much less lawyers!

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By Gerard Nelson, February 14, 2006 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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Did Bush really make that comment? Because my sources (can’t reveal who, of course) indicate that the VP does, in fact, already wear glasses. Is the President actually in this day and age, or has he been and gone somewhere else altogether?

Gerard.

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By Jerry Mazza, February 14, 2006 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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Dear Ms. Ivins,
The following started with an email sent to a Texas friend of mine as well as the editor of onlnejournal.org, for which I write. Anyhow, here goes…

Interesting, the White House didn’t announce the story first. It wasn’t till Sunday morning that Katharine Armstrong, on whose 50,000 acre ranch the incident happened, called into the local paper, the Corpus Chrisi Caller-Times. She also received a call that morning from Karlito Rove, probably wanting to get stories just right. Yet Katherine Armstrong originally said to AP that the incident occured at about 5:30 PM on Saturday. The White House says Bush heard about it at 8 PM, “an hour after it happened.”  Ooops. Let’s get the stories straight. The White House didn’t break the tale till 48 hours after the incident occured, according to AP. As an aside, Cheney had no upland hunting stamp, violation of Texas hunting law, and broke the number one hunter’s rule: be sure of what you’re firing at.

Interestingly, Whittington was the lead in a party of three, followed at a distance of 30 yards by Cheney, who was followed at 30 yards by US Ambassador to Switzerland, Pam Willeford. There was plenty of light, according to Katherine Armstrong, so lack of it is no excuse. After shooting two quail, Whittington dropped back to pick them up. AP first said, after retrieving the birds, Whittington “came up behind Mr Cheney and failed to announce himself. When the covey flushed and the vice-president picked out a bird, Mr Whittington was in the line of fire.” But Cheney probably did not turn 180 degrees, which “behind him” implies, because he would have shot at the Ambassador 30 yards behind him. More likely, he turned to his right (or left) and fired. What dogs me is that he hits Whittington in the face, neck and shoulders.

I have never fired a gun. But for this to be an accidental shot, it also seems to be a pretty deadly shot: face, neck and shoulders. And no bird fell. Was Whittington coming up on Cheney from the right, ace shot that he was, to pop him. Did Cheney catch that.  Were they boozed? Doesn’t sound clean. Was Cheney so paranoid (and or blitzed) or anxious that he just shot at the sound of something or someone? I’m waiting for the next version of the story. I’m also thinking of what FDR once said, “There are no accidents in politics. Whatever happens, happens for a reason.” AP describes Whittington as “an avid hunter and longtime Republican ‘activist,’ making him an easy match for the hunt.” Easy mark might have been better. I had wondered to what political side of Cheney Harry Whittington was, the right (the direction from which he is said to have approached), or possibly the left, and was not happy with current events.

Well, you have just answered that last question very clearly, thank you. He was politically left of Ghengis Cheney Khan, obviously with some shred of decency left in him. So there is motive, if not just food for thought. That said let me say, you’re my other friend in Texas though we haven’t met. But “Bushwhacked” was top of the line and aptly titled.

Sincerely yours,
Jerry Mazza (New York City), not far from 911, and not forgetting either.

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By Judy LaMaitis, February 14, 2006 at 11:06 am Link to this comment
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Molly,
You are the best and I ready your every word. Thank you for being a voice in the wilderness of Texas.
Judy

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By Michael D. Dwyer, Ph.D., February 14, 2006 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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Cheney, and a number of others of his ilk, Rove, and the President included..are incapable of self-reflection of the type that reveals their own flaws.  This is a characteristic of anti-social personality types who cannot look inward either to their own underlying motivations, nor to those of others. That is, as regards the latter, they are completely incapable of empathy…

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By John Henson, February 14, 2006 at 10:56 am Link to this comment
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I can’t believe the White House kept this a secret for 12 hours or so.  What is the big deal?  Liberals in Texas get shot all the time.  It against the law to be a liberal, isn’t it?  Cheney was just enforcing the rules.

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By David Bear, February 14, 2006 at 10:55 am Link to this comment
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If Cheney knew how to handle a shotgun during a quail hunt, then the attorney would not have gotten hit.  If Cheney didn’t know how to handle a shotgun during a quail hunt, then what was he doing there? Cheney had not taken any gun safety classes.  This guy is dangerous!

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By lorraine, February 14, 2006 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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What really gets to me is that grown men, the so called “power” in this country, get into a limo, drive to a private farm where little birds are raised to kill?  They put full hunting gear on, like they are looking for food to survive and then shoot at the little birds for fun??  Grown men?  Does anyone, can anyone see how absolutely stupid this is?  Not only that, how much of taxpayer money is spend sending a contingent of “emergency” people to care for Cheney while he does these ridiculous stunts?  The man belongs in a wheelchair, rolled around the White House and taken home and guarded.

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By Laurie Beacham, February 14, 2006 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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Great points made by Molly. Interesting point: Cheney, consistent with his anti-lawyer fervor, is a rabid so-called “tort reformer” - someone who wants to deny people the ability to hold reckless corporations accountable in court. Apparently, Mr.  Cheney’s support of taking “responsibility” doesn’t apply to the “haves.”

Also, good for Molly in bringing up the VALUES our society should stand for—providing care and a safety net for those in need, institutionalizing compassion (not the oxymoron of “conservative compassion”), looking beyond our own individual needs and pockets, knowing there’s more to being a responsible human being than what the free market can sometimes offer. Every time Democrats—even “liberals”—talk about values, they end up listing policies. There’s a difference. Let’s talk about the value of responsibility—being responsible for each other’s welfare. Can someone please dare to say that out loud?

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By J.P. Steele, February 14, 2006 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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There is a very simple and fundamental question that has to be asked on this subject;

“Had the Vice president been drinking prior to the shooting incident?”

Someone please ask Scott this simple question!

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By John H Noble Jr, February 14, 2006 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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Pray god that Dick Cheney or any others of those eagle-eyed spotters of weapons of mass distruction don’t spot any in the USA in the remaining days of this all-time record-making incompetent Republican Administration. As a hunter, I learned early to avoid especially one kind of Nimrod: The kind who shoots in the direction of sound before making visual contact.

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By Anne Sieling, February 14, 2006 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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Molly made my day! As a mid-Atlantic rabble-rousing liberal, I rarely read anything from Texas that is either educational or inspiring. However, Molly never fails me.  Thanks for filling us in on the hapless victim of this shooting—even though according to Ms Matalin it was a non-shooting. And yes, he still cocks his head every time he lies! Jon Stewart and Molly Ivans are the only reliable purveyors of the real stuff in this incredibly secretive atmosphere. Thanks again, Molly—and watch out for those Armstrong folks. You may be next in the sights of a mighty quail hunter.

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By faith, February 14, 2006 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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Ms. Ivins, your articles always have such depth to them.  Thank you.  I wish every major newspaper would print the articles concerning the current administration. The general public needs to read a view that contains more than the right wing publicity spin that more and more news papers seem to be running.

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By Kal Palnicki, February 14, 2006 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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One thing, perhaps the only thing, Cheney learned from GW is that someone else is always responsible, not you. Bush has always had someone come in and clean up after him, no matter how badly he screwed up. This taught him that it is ok to fuck up. this is the hallmark of this administration. Do what you feel like, somebody will pay the cost and clean up the mess, someone like you and me.

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By Bill Taylor, February 14, 2006 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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president Bush said “I guess we will have to get the gun sighted in.”  Typical Bush nonsense.  You don’t sight in a shotgun, only a rifle.  Can’t even get the kind of gun straight.

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By mogli, February 14, 2006 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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thanks, molly. nice background info on the poor lawyer that got shot. funny, if anyone would have written this into a movie script it would have been stricken for being too far-fetched. alas, truth is stranger then fiction, again. on the other hand, maybe god is not their side and is trying to send us hints about how incompetent bushler and co really are.

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By John, February 14, 2006 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Molly,

Your article, as usual was an accurate and on-target piece of writing.  The aim of your humorous article, because of your excellent target identification techniques and pen reloading skills, was better than that of VP Cheney.

However, I feel apprehensive about calling Cheney’s shooting incident an accident; especially since no investigation has taken place.  But then again Texas laws now make the state one of lawlessness.

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By Michael J. Moore, February 14, 2006 at 6:58 am Link to this comment
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What do you expect from the leader of the Gang that Can’t Shoot Straight?

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By W. White, February 14, 2006 at 2:00 am Link to this comment
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Much has been written about the public machinations of the man with the stone cold heart and crooked smile, but to accurately gauge Dick Cheney, one must look at what he does in private.

We know he loves to hunt, but what kind of man aims at a quail, pulls the trigger and kills, not ten or twenty, but three hundred in one morning? A person who does that goes beyond loving a sport. A person who does that harbors something deeply wrong inside.

He is often described as ‘the former head of defense contractor Halliburton’, which gives the impression that he has no conflicts of financial interest in pushing for war, or at least that he is no longer on the Halliburton payroll. But that is not true: before he anointed himself VP, he set up for himself what is known as a ‘deferred compensation plan’, meaning that you receive a regular check far into the future, even after you no longer (wink, wink) work for the company.

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By Ron Ranft, February 14, 2006 at 12:27 am Link to this comment
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Mary Matalin, she’s the woman that just called black leaders racists, right. She would never lie. Not for anything. So if she said Cheney did not do anything he wasn’t supposed to do then she must be telling the truth. Cheney should be arrested for attempted murder. Mary says it so it must be true! When’s the trial?

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By Hugh Higgins, February 13, 2006 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment
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Molly did it again - said what needed to be said in a forthright and readable manner.

I had never read in any of the other media, including the big-shot NYT and WAPO, that Whittington was a moderate on prisons and an almost-reformer when it comes to rights of convicts. Thanks, Molly, for telling us this. It puts the whole incident in a slightly different context. Harry’s a Texas Republican liberal, indeed - at least in this important respect.

As a Texas good-ole-girl, Molly, you’re the best.

Hugh Higgins

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By Frank Hillman, February 13, 2006 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment
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One comment I heard was attributed to Bush. ” We’ll have to get that gun sighted in or maybe just get Cheney some glasses” I’m assuming to make sure he hit the bird and not to make sure he hit the Lawyer. You remember the guy shooting at the Lawyer trying to hide behind the tree. When I think of Cheney I think of the guy shooting at the lawyer.

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