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Friday, June 25, 2004

A Frank Exchange Of Views (a.k.a. "Go Fuck Yourself")

I have a secret admiration for PR flacks who can craft nice euphemistic phrases like the one above to describe Dick Cheney's Senate floor outburst at Sen. Patrick Leahy yesterday.

In all honesty, profanity has never bothered me all that much - I imagine I have a higher tolerance for it than most people. Not that I think it should be coming from the halls of Capitol Hill or anything, but my mood is not one of righteous indignation.

As fun as it is to mock an administration that claimed that they were going to "restore honor and dignity to the White House" and "change the tone in Washington" for disproving once again that "the adults are in charge," this is nowhere near the thing Cheney and Bush has done that most deserves negative publicity.

It's not even worse than calling a reporter a "major league asshole" for telling the truth about your record.

It might be worse than replying "Big Time" though.

Just for the record, no, I do not think that this was staged as a rationale for replacing Cheney with someone else as Bush's running mate. Presumably, if they were going to do it, it would be better from their standpoint if it didn't look like they were doing it mostly because they thought Cheney was a political liability.

UPDATE: Apparently, Cheney feels no remorse for his indiscreet use of language, as eviedenced by this article, amusingly titled "Cheney Felt Better After F-Bomb." Cheney strikes me as the sort who'd feel better after dropping a bomb of any variety, verbal or otherwise.


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