Anybody out there wondering why, as Iran is going balls to the wall to produce nukes, Hugh Hewitt and Lawrence O'Donnell are pissing around with whether Cheney was drunk or not? I'll tell you why: because Iran, and China, and the new Abu Ghraib photos, and the continued trumped-up story of a few cartoons, and the questions surrounding the NSA wiretap story are too much for these people to handle. Instead, Hewitt takes his position as Cheney apologist and O'Donnell takes his as heroic exposer of conspiracy. And they get to play as if there's something like news, here.
Read this from O'Donnell on Hewitt's show:
All we're doing is guessing, because the Vice President forced us to guess, because he did exactly what Ted Kennedy did at Chappaquiddick. Exactly, Hugh. The same behavior. That's what you do when you're drunk. Now there's other possible reasons why the Vice President did what he did. There are many other possible reasons, but he's going to have to tell me what those are, and he's going to have to make those believable. So far, I do not believe him...
Let me get something straight. I've never said the guy was drunk. I said ask the question. I don't know if he was drunk. I don't know if Ted Kennedy was drunk in Chappaquiddick. You don't, either. I'm sure you believe it as strongly as you believe your religion that Ted Kennedy was drunk at Chappaquiddick. I don't know it.
O'Donnell seems to have a scoop, here. But maybe not. He didn't talk to police, but to lawyers who say that it's SOP to avoid the authorities until one dries out. Okay.
But the motivation is something else:
I get credit for Was Cheney Drunk. Make sure all your audience knows I'm the guy who asked was Cheney drunk, and I forced Fox News into asking him about what his alcohol consumption was that day.
I started the whole thing. Everybody who's jumping on the bandwagon, everybody who's out there, the wild people who go out there and make assertions that Cheney was drunk were all inspired by me, yes. I asked the question, they've turned that into an assertion.
So O'Donnell wants the credit, but not the blame, as it were.
And he also likes the whole blogging cover:
All right. Good. Listen, there's a different standard for posting. This is a posting on the Huffington Post, okay? I had no substantive facts on the matter of the Vice President's sobriety. I would not have written what I wrote in the L.A. Times or the New York Times. I wouldn't do that. But in a post on a website that is a blog, this is exactly the kind of question you're supposed to ask, and you ask those questions so that the media will read that, it'll provoke them to ask the questions, which is exactly what has happened. And yes, for Howie Kurtz, yes, I think assumptions are exactly the standard for website blogs, yes.
Get that bloggers?
Why am I doing this? Just to illustrate that it's not enough to ask the good questions about Cheney and why he waited so long to talk to the media (and remember, when the media say that Cheney is coming in for a "lot of criticism," that criticism is largely coming from the media).
Cheney handled this like he has handled just about everything else. Delay, get the story straight, go to a sympathetic venue with a mea culpa. And I guess that some see this as a way to get at him, like getting Capone on his taxes or some other cliche. So get him, for chrissakes, and get back to the real stories. It's amazing how both sides see Cheney as either worth protecting at all costs or ruining at all costs.
Or if you don't want to get back to the real stories, say so and admit that our vaunted fourth estate has become inhabited by a bunch of tabloid-minded buffoons, no better than the idiots that we have elected and who are supposed to be running the country.
Somewhere in Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is laughing.
You people make me sick.
Oh and the title? Just seeing how many hits I can get from piling everything in there.