Dick Cheney? To paraphrase the words of Lee Marvin in "Dirty Dozen..."

Poor little Dick Cheney, those bad bad men in the White House actually threw back the feces you threw at them from your cage.

"Why Richard -- I didn't realize you were so...SENSITIVE"

Well, I guess, new administration -- disillusionment.
I have long held admiration and respect for Chuck Todd -- so much for that.

I guess, other than Helen Thomas, the lure of playing the stupid White House Press Corps game is overwhelming.

Robert Gibbs was out of line when he made a joke about the former Vice President?

Dick Cheney -- the most vicious, vitriolic, venomous sonofabitch to occupy that office? The creepazoid who hid out under a rock for 8 years, planning assassinations and tortures? THAT Dick Cheney?

Oh me oh my. But the criminal behavior was mild-mannered Robert Gibbs answering his seditious attempts to discredit the president. After Little Dick called the new prez a liar, called him a man who will get us all killed, the BAD GUY is not the cave dweller who just can't deal with not having power (something about having to spend time with himself and finding it all empty and/or rotted inside)-- the bad guy is the fellow who responded with a bit of mild sarcasm?

"Why Scott -- I didn't realize you were so ...SENSITIVE"

Does being a reporter instead of an analyst mean he can't remind us that Cheney's venal insanity ("Well we achieved what we set out to do in Iraq.") is just getting worse.

Or in the words of James Joyce in Ulysses: "Crazy as a shithouse rat." -- Yeah, I know the original quote was "CUTE as a shithouse rat," but I prefer the usage of my old D.I. as I can't bring myself to even imply there's anything cute about that vile waste of protoplasm. (And I have found rats to be much more congenial and benign than that man.)

The White House press corps disease is the same as that of most of the people on the other side of the microphone -- an addiction to money and authority and access to SECRETS.

But as to Cheney going on and on and on still squirting out all the vitriol and venom remaining in him, it looks to me like -- to get mythical or religious for a moment -- Hell is for believers, and anyone who has spent as much time as he has pretending to be some bizarre version of a Christian (if you can fit scrambling for power, wealth, authorizing theft and murder and torture and sowing hatred into being a Christian) -- as if this make-believe Christian sold his soul for all that, and looks like he's terrified now that it's over, terrified by who's going to be coming to dinner with the check.

For Chuck Todd to even allow Cheney's monstrous pop-up presence to be a topic of ANY matter and to do a herd-mentality corporate slam on the man who actually gave the perfectly right response, is seriously saddening.

Cheney is as relevant to matters of importance as Anne Coulter.

And oh -- not as if the Bush-league players never ran to the front of their cages to throw feces at former VP's:

October 3, 2002

"America's economy is in big trouble and I'm worried our current approach is failing us,'' Gore said Wednesday at the Brookings Institution. He said Bush is lost in an economic wilderness, "racing in the wrong direction'' while critical domestic issues are drowned out by international affairs in the final weeks of the midterm campaign.

Gore... said the president should focus as intently on the faltering economy as he has on foreign affairs.

Ari Fleischer replied: "I don't know that any answer is necessary or any rebuttal is necessary. Nobody pays a lot of attention to what the former vice president said. The president is focused on the economic policies that will help create jobs and the best way to create jobs in the president's opinion is for terrorism insurance to be passed so 300,000 jobs can be created right away.''

Right, and then...

In his new book The Assault on Reason, Al Gore wrote that Bush’s efforts to connect Iraq to 9/11 were an example of the administration’s willful “deception” of the public..

This afternoon, White House press secretary Tony Snow took issue with this passage. “[Bush] has never tried to make” the connection between Iraq and 9/11, Snow said. “And what [Gore] is doing, it’s been tried by a lot of other people, which is to take something the president hasn’t said, expose it as a, quote, lie, and then beat him up for it. … The president’s been straight about the intel.”

Snow attacked Gore’s book, saying, “I don’t know if they’re going to do a reprinting of the book to try to get the facts straight. The fact-checkers may have to take a look at it.”

Finally ....
January 17, 2006

White House: Al Gore is a Hypocrite

The White House accused former Vice President Al Gore of hypocrisy Tuesday for his assertion that President Bush broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval...

Gore, in a speech Monday, called for an independent investigation of the administration program that he says broke the law by listening in - without warrants - on Americans suspected of talking with terrorists abroad.

Gore called the program, authorized by President Bush, "a threat to the very structure of our government" and charged that the administration acted without congressional authority and made a "direct assault" on a federal court set up to authorize requests to eavesdrop on Americans.

"I think his hypocrisy knows no bounds," McClellan said of Gore.


And the best part?

In years, Gibbs was the first press secretary who actually delivered a sarcastic and humorous line really well.



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