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Cheney: Comedic fodder for all
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

While the obsessed among us try to make a big deal out of a simple accident, the comedy of the situation hasn't been ignored, as, of course we knew it wouldn't. The LA Times gives us a sampling:
The Herald in Scotland wrote, "Cheney Bags a Lawyer," while the Sydney Morning Herald headlined its online story "Cheney Hunts Quail and Everyone Else Ducks."

The blogosphere took its shots as well.

"Dick Cheney Finally Takes a Stand Against Trial Lawyers," declared the political blog Wonkette.

The public health blog Effect Measure said: "After the incident, the Vice quit for the day, as he'd bagged his limit of rich Republican contributors."

But it was the late-night comics who seemed like they couldn't get enough.

"Good news, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally located weapons of mass destruction…. It's Dick Cheney," David Letterman said Monday on CBS' "Late Show." "We can't get Bin Laden, but we nailed a 78-year-old attorney.

"The guy who got gunned down — he is a Republican lawyer and a big Republican donor, and fortunately the buckshot was deflected by wads of laundered cash, so he's fine," Letterman said.

On NBC's "The Tonight Show,"Jay Leno devoted most of his monologue to the hunting accident.

"I guess the guy is going to be OK," Leno said. "When the ambulance got there, out of force of habit they put Cheney on the stretcher…. Cheney's defense is that he was aiming at a quail when he shot the guy — which means that Cheney now has the worst aim of anyone in the White House since Bill Clinton.

"Dick Cheney is capitalizing on this for Valentine's Day. It's the new Dick Cheney cologne. It's called duck!"

On Comedy Central, "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart offered a little historical perspective, noting that Whittington was the first person to be shot by a vice president since Alexander Hamilton.

"Hamilton, of course, shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering," Stewart said. "Whittington? Mistaken for a bird.

"Now, this story certainly has its humorous aspects," Stewart added. "And it's easy to make fun of an incident like this. Very easy. But it also raises a serious issue, one which I feel very strongly about…. Moms, dads, if you're watching right now, I can't emphasize enough: Do not let your kids go on hunting trips with the vice president. I don't care what kind of lucrative contracts they're trying to land or energy regulations they're trying to get lifted. It's just not worth it."
Now far be it from me to claim that Jon Stewart is a Q and O fan, but I'd note that Dale made a comment on our podcast Sunday about Cheney being the first VP since Hamilton to be involved in a shooting incident.

And as our Jon said on the same podcast, the most dreaded invitation now will be something like "Sen. Levin, the Vice President has invited you to go hunting with him". It'll certainly clean up proceedings on the floor of the Sentate, won't it?
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Of course they mocked Cheney for mocking Kerry and his camo hunting vest during the campaign.
I suppose Kerry really WOULDN’T have shot anyone. After all, I’m fairly certain as the saying goes that "that dog won’t hunt".

Yet this major nonstory IS all we hear about. Perhaps when your alternative was covering Al Gore outlining our war crimes against Saudis after 9/11 this really IS more interesting.

Or finding out a lot of that money we dumped into the pockets of those fleeing New Orleans was spent on things that had very little to do with common sense upkeep as refugees. Do we not hear more about the massage parlors, tattoo’s and traffic fine payoffs (hey, at least they paid them.....) because in actuality it doesn’t really surprise our media guardians?
Written By: looker
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I guess the biggest question about the Cheney shooting that the American public have is why was he hunting Dan Quail?

Will the new uniform for the secret service now be orange?

Does this now mean that Republican lawyers will all be required to lose face in the presense of the VP?
Written By: Albert
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Heh ... Albert, don’t quit your day job. ;)
Written By: McQ
You know I’m a big fan of The Daily Show. My favorite was Daily Show correspondent Rob Cordry,
Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Whittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington’s face.
Come on, that’s funny.
But I’m sure that Bush prostrator’s will no doubt see east-coast-liberal-media-Bush-bashing Jon Stewart as using the tragedy of the accident to further his political agenda.
Lighten up… Tools.
Written By: PogueMahone
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McQ is Bush’s prostrator?? Yeah right. "snort"

I don’t know but if there is a choice between hunting with Dick Cheney or riding with Teddy K, I prefer Cheney since Mary Jo did not come out of that experience very well did she?
Written By: capt joe
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The most frightening invitation remains going driving with Ted Kennedy.

Written By: Bithead
Oops. Karma.
(high fives Capt Joe)
Written By: Bithead
Actually, the REAL comedy over the incident comes from (of course) the White House Press Corps, which I suppose has to show they can be tough with someone after being cowed into sumbission by Islamists...
Written By: shark
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McQ is Bush’s prostrator?? Yeah right. "snort"
I didn’t state that McQ is a Bush prostrator.
Written By: PogueMahone
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Actually, there’s been a lot of funny over this in the comment sections of several sites, including this gem by Pogue:
This is too much fun…

Can you picture The Vice President in a Pulp Fiction setting…
The Big Dick with greased black jerry curls…
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.
Okay, I’ll stop now.
... and this one by mkultra (of all people):
From the Wish I Had Said It First Department ....
* The Attorney General claims that the Vice President was granted the power to shoot lawyers under the resolution allowing use of force in Afghanistan.
Written By: mkultra
... but some of the best were by commenter Stefan at Political Animal:
(1)Cheney was just upset that the ducks weren’t greeting him as a liberator....

(2)None of this would have happened if Bush had only read that PDB titled "Cheney determined to strike in Texas"....

(3)This was merely pre-emptive. Cheney struck Whittington before Whittington could pose a threat to America. After all, you can’t wait until the smoking gun is, well, a smoking gun....

(4)[Stefan replies to:]
frankly0: sorry, there’s no set procedure for an investigation...without loss of life or evidence of foul play — birdshot wounds are way too routine to spark official investigations..seriously.
There was certainly evidence of fowl play....
And last, but certainly not least:
(5) Look, you go hunting with the vice president you have, not the vice president you wish you had....Posted by: Stefan on February 12, 2006 at 7:01 PM |
Written By: MichaelW
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Would you call Jonah Goldberg from The Corner at National Review Online a Bush prostrator. He has some funny jokes of his own. Seriously, this is a non-story, but a funny non-story to be sure. Lots of good jokes out there on both sides.
Written By: Chris
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I don’t know Jonah Goldberg. And I have no doubt that conservatives will poke fun at the VP as well. But this is what I’m talking about…
Hat tip: Tom Elia at The New Editor, who rightly raises his eyebrow at Milbank’s display of less-than-objective journalism.

What does the Post have to say about Milbank’s stunt?

Write the ombudsman:
Anyone who watches Dana Milbank on The Countdown with Keith Olberman knows full well that Dana often shows up wearing a costume poking fun at the issue of the day.

But of course Malkin’s idiotic outrage is typical ballyhoo from a typical idiotic red-meat vendor.
She continues…
Now, imagine the MSM uproar if a reporter showed up for an interview with this bumper sticker (via Expose the Left) on his/her chest:
I’d rather hunt with Dick Cheney
Than ride with Ted Kennedy
Hardly comparible to Milbank’s "stunt".
Written By: PogueMahone
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Anyone who watches Dana Milbank on The Countdown with Keith Olberman knows full well that Dana often shows up wearing a costume poking fun at the issue of the day.
Well, see, there’s your problem right there.
Written By: Jon Henke
Frankly, I thought Milbank treated the story with the inanity and seriousness it deserves.
Written By: MichaelW
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Problem, Jon???
Yeah, I don’t get it.
Are you making a funny? ;)
Written By: PogueMahone
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Well, I was trying to do so. With, apparently, the same kind of widespread acclaim and adulation as I get when I criticize the Bush administration for torturing people.
Written By: Jon Henke
Hardly comparible to Milbank’s "stunt".
No doubt since you find one funny and the other not.
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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No, Mark. I find them both mildly humorous.
It’s Malkin’s,
…who rightly raises his eyebrow at Milbank’s display of less-than-objective journalism.
Display of less-than-objective journalism? Now that’s wildly humorous.
With the exception that some people take Michelle Malkin seriously.

Dana Milbank’s “display” was purely satirical. No question.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Michelle Malkin is a tool.
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Michelle Malkin is a tool.
Yeah! ... like a soldering iron ... y’know, ’cuz she’s hot?

Perhaps a blow-torch?

OK, I’ll stop ...
Written By: MichaelW
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hah, I’ll agree with MichaelW on that one. But yeah, she is all worked up over not much. I think Jon’s point may be partly to blame, basically that no one watches the countdown with Keith Olberman so no one knew that Dana does this regularly (I guess, I dont really watch the countdown either).
Written By: Chris
URL: http://
Dude, I found Milbanks getup a riot.

How about this one (which I posted on my blog)
Cheney: Hey Ted, wanna go hunting?

Kennedy: Only if I can drive.
Written By: Robb Allen (Sharp as a Marble)
Old, but funny.
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
URL: http://
Yeah! ... like a soldering iron ... y’know, ’cuz she’s hot?
Yeah, she is hot... that’s for sure.
Duuude…, I could totally get her in … like … a dominatrix like thingie…
(OK I’ve said too much)

Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
You pictured it, didn’t you???
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
"a Bush prostrator"
I don’t get it, what is so bad about a gland? As long as it isn’t too big.
Written By: timactual
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Hope Cheney gets a better lawyer than Cory Maye, be sad to see another innocent man on death row for misidentifying the target.
Written By: Unaha-closp
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Pogi, and there it is.
Duuude…, I could totally get her in … like … a dominatrix like thingie…
What’s with this plantation owner thing you leftie’s get into when a minority doesn’t know her place. ;)
Written By: capt joe
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Never mix Domesticated quail with Wild Turkey
Written By: symptomless
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