Quailgate

The Washington Note posts a transcript of the Cheney interview. Others will doubtless post on the serious stuff: the sycophantically and powder-puff nature of the questions, the failure to engage the big issues of the day like torture, the odd and unconvincing explanation for the delay in going public, the failure to engage the issue of who told what to whom when, and especially the failure to ask whether Cheney ever spoke to Bush about the shooting. (Not the mention the question of whether Texas follows the year-and-a-day rule.)

Instead, I’m going to focus on a triviality: Here’s how Cheney sets the scene,

It’s in south Texas, wide-open spaces, a lot of brush cover, fairly shallow. But it’s wild quail. It’s some of the best quail hunting anyplace in the country.

Wild quail? I thought these were pen-raised birds like in the famous 2003 hunt,

In December of 2003, he went (via Humvee) to a pheasant shooting party in Pennsylvania at the Rolling Rock Club. Gamekeepers there released some 500 pen-raised pheasants from nets, and Cheney’s party, which included former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) as well as several influential Republican fundraisers, shot 417 of them. Cheney himself got at least 70. Apparently that wasn’t enough slaughter, because after lunch the group went after pen-raised mallard ducks.

So which was it, wild or domestic?

(Incidentally, a quick hunt suggests that Texas does not mechanically follow the year-and-a-day rule, but I’m not a Texas lawyer.)

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2 Responses to Quailgate

  1. Chuck says:

    Cheney had the Sun in his eyes when he shot Whittington at 6:30 PM.
    However, [ Your Honor ],
    The National Weather Service, a branch of the U.S. Govt., said that on
    Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 , the Sun Set at 6:18 PM in the Corpus Christi, TX.

    Where’s the Sun during the missing 18 Minutes?
    It was BELOW the Horizon.

    .

  2. M says:

    Bush today attempted to defuse the Cheney controversy by proposing a new education program for hunters called “No Quails Left Behind.”

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