Beer gate?

by Steve, February 16th, 2006

politicsSo big Dick admits to Brit Hume in his Fox News interview he drank “one beer” at lunch “several hours” before shooting his buddy in the face. Joe Strupp and Greg Mitchell, in anEditor and Publisher story dated Feb. 14, have Katherine Armstrong tripping all over herself trying to deny that anybody had been drinking that day. (Armstrong owns the “ranch” where the shooting ocurred.)

Oh, okay, “there may have been beer in coolers but she didn’t think anyone who was hunting that day had any,” write Strupp and Mitchell, who also note:

CNN today reports that Armstrong had told CNN she never saw Cheney or Whittington “drink at all on the day of the shooting until after the accident occurred, when the vice president fixed himself a cocktail back at the house.”

So the critical players in the story are admitting drinking ocurred on the day of the shooting, before and after the fact. Could this explain Cheney’s reticence in calling the authorities? Holy shit, what a story that would be!

Update: David Corn has a nice summary of the inconsistencies in the various versions of the story. Also, David Sanger and Anne Kornblut have decent coverage in the New York Times.

4 Responses to “Beer gate?”

  1. Comment from Wacky Mommy:

    Why is it always “one beer”? People need to lie and say two, so they don’t seem so obvious. I betcha a typical number of drinks, if people ‘fessed up, would be four. I will tell the VP this if I happen to talk with him. He seems like the type of guy who would read blogs all day.

  2. Comment from ben:

    I thought the stereotypical response was always “two beers”, which is why I told the cop “one beer”. Of course, I was telling the truth in that case. Had my car searched because they looked at my plates and figured if I was from Johnson County, then I must have contraband. But with regard to Cheney — I can just imagine his PR henchmen (and hench women) sitting around hashing out the details–you know they got into the “one beer/two beer/no beer” strategy session.

  3. Comment from ben:

    oh, and uh, I realize this site has no special interest in hockey, but since one of the most exciting international hockey tournaments is going on right now (happens only once every four years), may I try my hand at igniting some discussion? I think the U.S. women are going to pay for whining about Canada’s penchant for running up the score on their opponents when they meet them in the final………it’s easy to forget that the average age of these gals is 22. Why, they even have their own “Caitlin” on the team.

  4. Comment from Wacky Mommy:

    We (heart) Johnson Co. Free State.