Ted Kennedy reported the Chappaquiddick accident a full eight hours after it happened, and has never entirely lived it down.
How long did Cheney wait before informing the local police? It’s unclear, although presumably the closed-mouthed Secret Service knew right away. But Cheney did wait almost 24 hours before telling anyone else, and the media strategy screams cover-up. Not that we yet know a single fact that would have been worth covering up, do we?
I suppose it distracts from Iraq, the economy, Plame, New Orleans, the deficit, Abramoff, and all the rest of it.