Dick Cheney's pattern of secrecy
Democrats in Congress accused Vice President Dick Cheney of a pattern of secrecy, and demanded that he "level" with the public, after keeping mum about accidentally shooting an associate over the weekend.
Cheney has been criticized for waiting a day before disclosing a hunting mishap Saturday in which he shot his 78-year-old hunting companion, Harry Whittington, in the neck, chest, and face.
Asked at a press conference for her reaction about how the White House has handled the incident, US Senator Hillary Clinton called the Bush administration's failure to be more forthcoming "troubling."
"A tendency of this administration -- from the top all the way to the bottom -- is to withhold information ... To refuse to be forthcoming about information that is of significance and relevance to the jobs that all of you do, and the interests of the American people," Clinton said.
"Putting it all together, going back years now, there's a pattern and it's a pattern that should be troubling," she said at a press conference calling for a more robust federal response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
The former first lady continued: "The refusal of this administration to level with the American people on matters large and small is very disturbing, because it goes counter to the way our constitutional democracy ... Is supposed to work."
All it really tells me is that the administration's enemies will use anything they can to vilify Cheney above and beyond the actual merits of the situation. It's almost pathetic, but not unexpected. Some conservatives operated in much the same desperate seeming fashion during Monicagate. Indeed, if anything this has just proven that both sides will jump on any fragment of scandal and try to leverage it.
I expect a congressional committee to be formed to investigate Quail-Gate to determine who knew what and when they knew it, and to make sure there wasn't a second shooter on the grassy knoll.
After that I am sure they will launch an investigation into whether Dick tore the tags off his mattresses.....