Timing Is Everything

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?

Bonus jokes — I think they are jokes — here and here.

I suppose it distracts from Iraq, the economy, Plame, New Orleans, the deficit, Abramoff, and all the rest of it.

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7 Responses to Timing Is Everything

  1. Ugh says:

    I imagine accidentally shooting someone will sober you up right quick, but probably not enough to actually remove the alcohol from your system.

    Either that or Cheney was even more grossly negligent in his actions (perhaps walking with the safety off and having the gun discharge, or maybe he even dropped it).

    Maybe both.

  2. Don says:

    I think everyone is glad that Harry Whittington will recover, though I’m surprised for “just a peppering” he’s only now getting out of intensive care. As the hardliner on everything Cheney makes a great target, and I’m sure the comedians will have a field day.

    The question that no one is asking about is the alcohol. Guns and alcohol go way back and is the first question that jumped into the minds of several friends.

    Another good question, did they hold the news so it didn’t appear on Sunday morning talk shows? And was that a good idea?

  3. Don says:

    BTW, Fox just reported that neither hunter had a bird stamp. Must be nice to be so important that you can regularly ignore the law.

    What does it say when a leading attorney and the Vice President of the United States has such regard for the law?

    He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. (Luke 16:10)

  4. adam says:

    Um… Didn’t Kennedy wait 8 plus hours until he told anyone who could have gone to help Mary Jo? If he sought immediate attention for her, she could/might be alive today.

    I don’ see how these two situations are the same. In Cheney’s case, the man he shot was given immediate medical attention, and will live. There is no signs Cheney was drinking (unlike Teddy)…

    Am I missing the point of your post, or are you saying that Kennedy’s lack of reporting this to someone who could help, and allowing a girl to die, is the same as Cheney waiting to report the incident to the cops? I thought the “bad” part of Chappaquiddick was not that Kennedy waited to report it to the police so they could investigate, but that he waited to report it to police long after any hope for the woman he killed remained…

    Give me a break. Another misleading post…

  5. Michael says:

    I meant that the public punishes politicians for failing to be stand up guys when in trouble.

    The situations are different in the sense that there’s no question a medic was called quickly. But that’s about the only thing we know for sure. Do we know that Cheney wasn’t drinking? I haven’t read anything on it one way or the other and wouldn’t presume to have an opinion. (Do people commonly drink while hunting? It seems like a dumb thing to do if using guns, but then again it seems to happen a lot in novels….)

  6. Thomas says:

    Well, then, despite the differences (this incident was reported to appropriate authorities immediately (note that “appropriate authorites” doesn’t mean blowhards at WaPost or NBC), the injured companion wasn’t abandoned, the underlying conduct likely wasn’t illegal, there’s no evidence of political pressure to distort or prevent an appropriate investigation, etc.) , what we know is that Cheney should switch parties. There’s no evidence at all that Democrats have ever punished Teddy for his failing to be a “stand up guy”. He’s a hero, lionized at every turn. He waged the last primary campaign against a sitting president that had a chance of success. He’s regularly re-elected by significant margins. How has he been punished?

  7. Mister Snitch! says:

    Got to agree with Adam and Michael here. Clueless post that’s desperate to make some sort of point, and fails abjectly at that.

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