FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP: Okay, okay...I know I shouldn't laugh, but this is hilarious. Our beloved vice president is out quail hunting with his supposed good friend -- Texas attorney and Republican butt-smoocher Harry Whittington -- when Harry jumps up from a bush and Cheney-of-Fools goes all Rambo on his ass and shoots him in the face. Yeah, it was only bird-shot, but I remember as a kid having b.b. gun battles with friends and getting hit by one of those hurt like a muthafucker. So, getting hit at close range in the upper body with birdshot, which is used to kill birds, must REALLY hurt like a muthafucker.
Since this administration cannot admit to anything, they decided they wouldn't tell the media that the U.S. second in command had shot some poor bastard in the head. They left it up to the ranch owner to call the local paper in the little town where the ranch was located. I would have loved to have been on the receiving end of that phone call! Whittington is in a hospital in stable condition and refusing to make any comment "out of respect for the vice president," which translates into "I don't want him to come back in the night and finish the job."
Today at a briefing, Scott McClellan -- possibly the worst press secretary ever -- was grilled as to why the White House didn't release the news. Asked whether it was appropriate for a private citizen to be the person to disseminate the information that the vice president of the United States has shot someone, McClellan said, "That's one way to provide information to the public." Uh-huh.
On top of all this, the congressional report on the Hurricane Katrina disaster called the response a total "failure of leadership" at every level. Of course, Dubya had some homeland no-security wank named Frances Townsend refute the idea that he wasn't up to speed on what was happening in the Gulf Coast. She said the president was "hotly engaged" (ooo, errr, missus...) in the hurricane preparation efforts and in dealing with the storm's aftermath. "I reject outright the suggestion that President Bush was anything less than fully involved," she said. Uh-huh.
Frances should be charged with perjury. Where was she when former FEMA director Michael Brown was getting a slap on the back for doing a "heckuva job" by Dubya? Brownie has hung former good buddy Dubya and homeland no-security secretary Michael "Detached" Chertoff out to dry in front of congress to save his own ass. Chertoff announced today some reorganizing of FEMA. Talk about to little, too late. This whole administration should be put on trial for crimes against humanity.
Calling the last five plus years of Dubya's administration a "failure of leadership" is the understatement of the century.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Whittington had a heart attack this morning because some of the birdshot is apparently embedded in or near his heart, dispelling the idea that his wounds were superficial. McClellan fucked up yet again, by not updating the press on Whittington's condition. Cheney-of-Fools released a statement today (three days later...what haste!), but Cheney refused to talk to reporters. I have to wonder if Dubya is secretly thrilled by this because it takes the heat off him for a little bit.