It was one of those “everyone’s a wise guy” days in Washington yesterday, thanks to Dick Cheney. Quipping at the vice president’s expense was like shooting fish, or quail — oh, never mind.
It’s never a good thing to be a punch line in politics, and the vice president had the field to himself after accidentally shooting his hunting companion, Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, at a Texas ranch late Saturday. The accident left the 78-year-old man seriously injured. He was released from the intensive care unit yesterday.
Meantime, the incident provided a laugh bounty for gallows humorists, particularly those of the anti-Bush persuasion. Have at ’em, kids:
“Bush-Quail ’06,” cracked Democratic strategist Jenny Backus.
“The CIA assured Cheney that Harry Whittington was actually a pheasant,” added Democratic speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum.
“The worst part is, he was aiming at the special prosecutor,” contributed John Kerry spokesman David Wade.