Cheney under attack, and biting back.
So much about this situation saddens and disgusts me and I am resisting the urge to just "double duce" Cheney, but there is an aspect of political culture that comes out here that I feel needs to be addressed. Reid was not dancing from the rooftops saying "Cheney's a pig*******************container*************bum*****licker****!" No, rather, with a mournful and somber tone he brings the public's attention (as if many of us weren't already aware) that Cheney's courses of action were not only missteps, but intentional and unethical manipulations that have caused the loss of numerous American lives and, more importantly, countless freedoms.
How is this unbecoming of a political leader, particularly in light of the vicious attacks and accusations that the various parties have been slinging at each other for decades? This seems to me a reasoned, warranted, and well stated allegation that there has been an abuse of power and willful deceit. (Just because this doesn't involve sexual relations with an intern, does that make it unbecoming?)
Moreover, why is the opposing party attacking based on character and not content? They go after the inappropriateness of the allegation rather than: 1) ignoring it because it is, in fact, merit-less in their eyes or 2) challenging the premises using factual evidence. If the allegations are indeed false, simply lay open your door and prove it, right?
This may all seem painfully obvious to the people on this forum, but I needed to vent and all my co-workers are staunch Republicans and Bush Administration supporters.