THIS JUST IN: Harry Whittington suffered a minor heart attack on Tuesday morning due to bird shot from Cheney’s gun that migrated into his heart. Click here.
I posted this first at www.davidcorn.com….
Kudos to my friend Ken Bazinet, a White House correspondent for the New York Daily News. Yesterday, I was wondering whether Cheney had obtained the proper hunting license before going off to hunt quail and shoot a buddy. It turns out he had not. And Bazinet seems to have confirmed this first. At least, he’s the first reporter I’ve seen who has the story. Read about it here. He wrote:
Vice President Cheney had no license to kill–quail, that is.
After the White House reluctantly conceded yesterday that it sat on the blockbuster news that Cheney shot a hunting buddy Saturday, the veep’s office revealed he didn’t even have the proper $7 stamp on his hunting license to shoot quail in Texas.
“The staff asked for all permits needed, but was not informed of the $7 upland game-bird stamp requirement,” Cheney’s office said in a statement last night.
Although he was hunting illegally when he blasted Austin millionaire Harry Whittington, Cheney will get off with a warning from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, his office said.
Cheney and Bush sure know how to succeed despite breaking or bending the rules. Bush had one DWI; Cheney had two. Bush went MIA in the National Guard; Cheney took five military deferments. This is a rules-don’t-matter duo, a shoot-and-don’t-tell couple. Kids, pay attention, you can mess up and still become millionaire-leaders of the free world.
These past two days it sure has seemed that Scott McClellan has not enjoyed working for Bush and Cheney. He faced a fusillade of questions yesterday and refused to give a straightforward accounting of why it took so long to disclose the hunting accident. It didn’t take much imagination to suspect that Cheney and/or the White House initially considered hiding the event from the press and the public. Today, McClellan relied on one of his favorite evasive maneuvers. When reporters asked him to address remaining questions, he said (repeatedly), “we went through that yesterday.” Actually, he had not. That’s why these queries were being hurled at him today. But he often resorts to this dodge. I’m guessing he thinks it might cause some of the viewing public to think that the reporters are piling on. (“Oh, that poor Scotty McClellan. Look at that; those nasty reporters are asking him question he’s already answered.”)