Apparently Dick Cheney Has Finally Said Something Offensive


cross-posted to jack and jill politics

From ThinkProgress, WaPo and West Virginia Blue

After Democratic and Republican politicians strongly criticized Cheney, his PR person finally issued an apology for his "inappropriate attempt at humor." In a speech at the National Press Club, here's what happened...
Cheney was responding to his distant relationship to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, a Democratic presidential candidate.

"We'd always known about the Cheney family line on my father's side of the family, back to Massachusetts in the 1630s. My grandmother was named Tyler, but it turned out she was descended from a Richard Cheney ... who landed in Maryland in the 1650s," Cheney said.

He then added, "So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family, and we don't even live in West Virginia."

After the audience laughed, Cheney added, "You can say those things when you're not running for re-election."

Ha ha ha ha ha. Oh please. Please stop. I'm dying over here. I'm laughing. So hard.



First of all, that's a hack joke. West Virginia and incest? He might as well have talked about how women always go to the bathroom together in the club or how the best way to ensure a limitless budget in an endless war on terror is to illegally invade a Muslim country and murder hundreds of thousands of people.

Second, this is what gets both Republicans and Democrats to criticize this monstrosity of a vice president?

Not when he declared his office outside of the executive branch?

Not when he told a Democratic senator to go fuck himself?

Not when he declared warrantless wiretapping acceptable because laws don't apply to this administration?

Not when he shot a man in the face and withheld the information, refusing to speak of it himself for days?

Not when he responded to the fact that two-thirds of the American people think the war in Iraq wasn't worth fighting with "so?"

It is far too late for people to act offended at the statements and behavior of the Dark Lord Cheney, and it's far too much to ask for the media to grill Cheney about this "gaffe" as much as Obama was hounded over his "clinging" to guns and religion comment. After all, Cheney is just one freak bicycle accident away from the presidency.

Please.