|By A.D. Freudenheim||
30 July 2004
Vice President Dick Cheney himself said I expressed myself rather forcefully, felt better after I had done it. The Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist, chalked it up to the political season right now, where partisan feelings and emotions have come to the surface itself. And the Second Lady, Lynne Cheney, excused it as a private comment albeit one made on the very public floor of the United States Senate; but, she insisted, hes not really like that and is more likely to say Put a sock in it.
Except that he didnt say Put a sock in it. So much for civility in Washington.
When Vice President Cheney told Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to fuck himself, he was doing more than using strong and, according to official rules, inappropriate language on the floor of the Senate. Cheneys outburst is just one small example of the Bush-Cheney administrations most serious disease: Doasisayitis. The disease is a widespread human problem it is something most people have caught at some point in their lifetimes but the Bush administration seems particularly prone to catching it.
After all, the fundamental starting point for the Bush Administration was they would change the tone in Washington and they have, boy, have they. We learned in the first Bush administration that Bush family members seem to like double-standards more than most folks:
All of these things and these are only a few examples suggest the degree to which the Bush Administration is committed to the fundamental principle of saying one thing and then doing something else, usually the opposite.
And speaking of being really good at telling it like it isnt, how about CNN and their snappy tagline for all election-related coverage: America Votes 2004? Shouldnt that be more like America Might Vote 2004 Or America Probably Wont Bother to Vote 2004 But Well Cover It Anyway?
More importantly, how about encouraging America to vote in 2004? Rather than have a tagline and a slogan why not a position and a principle? That surely wouldnt violate the already irrelevant rules of journalistic objectivity, would it, to suggest that people should vote, without telling them for whom they should vote? It might even make the election more interesting, if people voted - that should be good for CNN.
Of course, taking CNN seriously is a mistake in the first place. The pallor of its alleged objectivity looks rosy only when compared to the nuclear-colored death glow that emanates from Fox News. The best idea of all is to turn the damn TV set off, read a book, and make sure that when November rolls around you still have energy left to vote.
 Cheney Says He Has No Regrets
for Cursing Leahy, by Caren Bohan, Reuters, 25 June
 Senate majority leader refuses to criticize Cheney for cursing, by William C. Mann, Associated Press, 28 June 2004
 Wife Says Cheneys Cursing Was Out of Character, Reuters, 11 July 2004
 Hats off to George Carlin and his inimitable phrase say one thing, do something different, in reference to the Reagan administration.
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