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17 February 2006 @ 05:32 pm
Talking about the wrong mistake  
I have been having mixed feelings about Cheney's hunting accident and the feeding frenzy that followed. Clearly this was a friend of Cheney and Cheney himself was extremely upset about it. End of story as far as I'm concerned. Of all the things we could be saying about Cheney right now, his personal life and shooting incident are the last things we should focus on. How about sticking to the ample material in his public life and his political manuevering?

To me, this rush to ridicule the man based on a personal mistake is just more evidence of the erosion of our political system and the sensationalization of our media coverage. My personal dislike of Cheney aside, I hate to see politics taking this nasty turn. I think we have plenty of ammunition in his public decisions and actions without looking to his private life. If this had been a Democrat, would we really have wanted the other side to jump on this?
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Sir Ted of Teddingtoneastbayted on February 19th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
As one of the people who has made light of Cheney's plight, I acknowledge that yes, the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, and yes, it does distract from more important news.

But I will say that it's not purely for partisan reasons that I derive some grim and guilty amusement from seeing Cheney squirm ; if it was someone like John McCain or even Arnold Schwarzenegger, I'd be a lot more sympathic.

But the fact that it's this war-mongering jackass chicken hawk, who has led our nation into a pointless war where thousands of people -- many of whom are innocent victims -- have been dying, has now gotten to experience what it's like to shoot a man. Call it a karmic kick in the ass.
Tapatitapati on February 20th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Yes there is a certain justice to that. I would hope it would teach him something. Yet with all the media frenzy and comedians jumping all over it, I think it would be easy for him to get distracted by that rather than just sit with the feelings of what it's like to shoot a man even accidentally, much less on purpose.