But what does bother me is blaming it on the victim as Cheney's office has now done. It is always the shooters fault, ok. It is like rear ending a car in front of you. It doesn't matter that they stopped short, or whatever. If you rear end them, it is always your fault.
Be a man, Cheney. Just say, "look, it was an accident. I am sorry that it happened. I regret that I didn't know where he was. My sympathies go out to Harry." That's it. That is all you have to do. People understand that accidents happen and everyone makes mistakes.
But don't be an ass and blame it on the guy you shot. Was Harry not where he should have been? Possibly, but it is the shoots job to know his surroundings. Why is it impossible for anyone in this administration to ever say that they could be at fault for anything. They are like a bunch of teenagers.
Cheney's companion at fault in shooting, White House says
Update: He has only himself to blame for this now. Cheney's Response A Concern In GOP, Gunning for Cheney
Update: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart: "I'm joined now by our own vice-presidential firearms mishap analyst, Rob Corddry. Rob, obviously a very unfortunate situation. How is the vice president handling it?
Rob Corddry: "Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Wittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush.
"And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington's face."
Jon Stewart: "But why, Rob? If he had known Mr. Whittington was not a bird, why would he still have shot him?"
Rob Corddry: "Jon, in a post-9-11 world, the American people expect their leaders to be decisive. To not have shot his friend in the face would have sent a message to the quail that America is weak."
Jon Stewart: "That's horrible."
Rob Corddry: "Look, the mere fact that we're even talking about how the vice president drives up with his rich friends in cars to shoot farm-raised wingless quail-tards is letting the quail know 'how' we're hunting them. I'm sure right now those birds are laughing at us in that little 'covey' of theirs.
Jon Stewart: "I'm not sure birds can laugh, Rob."
Rob Corddry: "Well, whatever it is they do ... coo .. they're cooing at us right now, Jon, because here we are talking openly about our plans to hunt them. Jig is up. Quails one, America zero.
Jon Stewart: "Okay, well, on a purely human level, is the vice president at least sorry?"
Rob Corddry: "Jon, what difference does it make? The bullets are already in this man's face. Let's move forward across party lines as a people ... to get him some sort of mask."