The news didn't break for 24 hours. Why? Because the incident wasn't reported. Finally, Katharine Armstrong, owner of the property in Texas where Cheney and his friend were playing with guns, called the media with the information that the Vice shot Harry Whittington, a generous contributor to George Bush and the Republican Party. He was "knocked silly," said Armstrong.
Whittington, a Texas lawyer, was hunting with Cheney when the latter aimed at a bird and, instead, shot his pal. The 78-year-old just happened to be in Cheney's sights.
Thank whomever that Dick Cheney received deferment after deferment to avoid the Viet Nam conflict or the casualties there would have been even higher. Friendly fire is not only collateral damage, it's an embarrassing shoot 'em up.
But this is what I'm wondering: Is Lynne Cheney saying about her husband, this is not a good man? I doubt it. Because Dick was seriously apologetic. This is a side of the Vice we've never seen. An apologetic Cheney. Hard to imagine.
Good thing for Whittington that Dick's own health is so poor. The Vice is in such bad shape that he travels with a veritable hospital of physicians and an ambulance. Can you believe it? Our troops in Iraq don't have proper body armor, but Dick has his own personal ambulance. And that's why Harry Whittington received instant medical attention. Whittington might not be in stable condition right now if Dick were in stable condition right now.