There are many who speak of Vice President Dick Cheney with disrespect. This they should not do.
They say he cares only about taking care of his rich Texas friends. Over the weekend, he proved them wrong.
He showed that to him, all men are created equal. If business requires that he whack a friend, then he will not hesitate to do so.
Of course, he didn’t quite succeed in taking out Harry Whittington (Oh, and thanks to Mike C for the link). But even in this "failure," he showed his greatness. While he is what Sicilians call a "man with a belly," he also has a great heart. In the moment of pulling the trigger, he couldn’t quite bring himself to aim straight.
Of course, there’s another way to look at this. It’s highly likely that the Veep didn’t mean to take the guy out completely. After, would he have used a 28-gauge loaded with bird shot if he had meant to kill?
In any case, the warning was delivered.
The White House has certainly taken the message seriously. Just as Sonny was very suspicious of Caporegime Clemenza after the Don was shot, it looks like the Secret Service is keeping a close eye on the Veep. Above you see a surveillance photo taken of Mr. Cheney as he was sneaking into the office just this morning. Don’t ask me how I got it.
Mr. Whittington got the message, too. According to The Associated Press, "Whittington sent word through a hospital official that he would not comment out of respect for Cheney."
What did Mr. Whittington do to earn this treatment? I’m not sure — after all, he was by all appearances a loyal family retainer, who had dutifully paid his tribute (the $2,000 maximum allowable personal contribution to the 2004 campaign). But according to a member of the Armstrong Family, which owns the ranch on which they were hunting, "He didn’t do what he was supposed to do."
I suppose that’s all we really need to know.
The only question remaining is, does this mean open war with the Whittington Family? I don’t know; hopefully, the other families won’t stand for it. But Mark, I’m telling you as a blogger who appreciates your loyal readership: Watch your back.