As I depart on vacation I leave behind a controversy of major proportions and minor importance. It leads me to a thought that is neither new nor original, only recurrent.
Vice President Richard Cheney wounded a man in a hunting accident. Even though he is reputed to hold the news media in what former House Speaker John McCormack called “minimum high regard” it is still hard to understand why he withheld the news of the accident for so long. He’s a seasoned political professional and should know the ensuing brouhaha was perfectly predictable.
One wonders if White House spokesman Scott McClellan wouldn’t cheerfully kick the Veep in the pants, given the harsh and relentless going over he’s taken from the White House press corp.
On the other hand, why did the Fourth Estate get its tail feathers tied in such a tight knot? Not even they are suggesting there was a plot, or cover-up, or conspiracy or crime. Must be a slow news period in which they entertain themselves with angry demonstrations of high dudgeon.
It all brings me back to the unoriginal thought: Washington, DC really does need adult supervision.