Vice President Dick Cheney apologized Monday for what his spokeswoman called “an inappropriate attempt at humor” that implied that inbreeding is common among West Virginians, a remark that elicited outrage from the state’s senior senator. “
“So, I had Cheneys on both sides of the family â€” and we don’t even live in West Virginia,” Cheney cracked. After pausing for laughter from the crowd, Cheney added, “You can say those things when you’re not running for re-election.” “
Cheney had the nerve to front-load the â€œjokeâ€ in way that reflected his belief that he didnâ€™t have to apologize. In fact, I think in light of the addition to the joke, we donâ€™t have to take the apology seriously. The addendum showed that this was not a misstatement; he deliberated–and delivered.
He meant itâ€“as much as he meant to go to war with Saddam. He basically said: “And I won’t have to take it back.”
It does probably get frustrating to measure always what one has to say in the spotlight. I’m sure that these people probably cuss up a storm behind hermetically-sealed doors.
But politicians don’t get a free pass when they’re not up for re-election. They can’t just insult at anyone at will. But it’s not as if this kind of disrespect for the common person is new from the Bush administration. They’ve been dissing us all along.
-MC Spanky McGee