Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Execrable Partisanship, Depraved Hearts

The matter of Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a friend on a hunting trip has been carried out of control by the media and the left. This shooting was an accident. Period. Just ask Harry Whittington, the victim.

But Democrats have joined their allies in the media, treating this as a matter of significant national interest, and the what-did-he-know-and-when-did-he-know-it questions come pouring out in a remarkably embarrassing and cruel manner (H.T. Drudge).

But let's frame this whole story, shall we?

The victim is a friend of the Vice President's who remains so. He does not blame Mr. Cheney for the accident. One victim, nobody else, and no moral, ethical, and no significant legal component to the story. And sorry, but the $7.00 stamp that Cheney and Whittington both forgot to get on their Texas hunting licenses doesn't count, but I'd love to see the Democrats and press granstand on that one.

At the time of the accident, it was Cheney who saw to the man's medical needs, and saw that he was taken to the hospital without an instant's delay. The responsible thing was done.

And from what what we can tell, the Vice President feels horribly about the whole thing. Mr. Whittington then had a small heart attack because of the migration of one of the pellets. So the last thing the Vice President needs at this point is more reason to feel awfully about the accident by a bunch of Democrats who have the gall to use this unfortunate incident as an opportunity for a cheap and morally inexcusable political hit.

But Hillary Clinton opens her mouth, and citing a "troubling pattern," and declaring that there is,

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
This is rich coming from someone with the name "Clinton", whose name has become synonymous with corruption.

Charles Schumer takes a nice logical leap by associating this with the Valerie Plame affair:

In light of the recent shooting accident and all the questions surrounding his role in the leaking of classified national security information through his Chief of Staff Lewis Libby, there are many questions that Americans have for VP Cheney
An effort to associate a personal tragedy as part of a series of now defunct and factless scandal allegations. Tasteless.

But Harry Ried's two statements between yesterday and today take the cake. Today, he demanded that the Vice President hold a press conference on this matter which is really nobody's business. Yesterday, he offered these insightful words,
Talk about secrecy, the vice president accidentally shoots someone and keeps that a secret for nearly a day. That man, of course, is now very sick.
This veiled implication, that Cheney dumped the guy there for a day without care is inexcusable and the unscrupulous Senator who uttered it is beneath contempt. It would be bad if Cheney had caused a severe accident as a result of his negligence, rescued himself and left this man, say, underwater to drown, and for eight hours left the accident unreported while he partied and the man died. But that's not where we are.

The left has no concern for the fact that Cheney did everything right--except give them the stream of information to which they feel they are always entitled. In other words, if you ask these shameless people, Cheney took care of the second most important thing--Mr. Whittington's health and safety. The most important thing, of course, would have been to put out a press release to David Gregory, and to hold a press conference that would satisfy Harry Reid's need to know.

It's wise to pick one's battles, and this incident is a great example of why. Because this will backfire on the arrogant press and the Democrats who date to make an issue of it.

ADDENDUM
Here's Michelle Malkin's take.

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