All jokes aside about Cheneyshota78yearoldmaninthefacegate (thanks Jon Stewart), there is something terribly troubling about the vice president's response to the accident. In particular, in his Fox News interview, Cheney suggested that he didn't come clean earlier because, get this: no one would believe him.
Q: Now, it strikes me that you must have known that this was going to be a national story --
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Oh, sure.
Q: -- and it does raise the question of whether you couldn't have headed off this beltway firestorm if you had put out the word to the national media, as well as to the local newspaper so that it could post it on its website. I mean, in retrospect, wouldn't that have been the wise course --
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, who is going to do that? Are they going to take my word for what happened?
Sigh. Yes Mr. Vice President, the American people should be able to believe you when you say something. Unfortunately you're right, no one does believe a thing you say. Of course that's your own doing though. This administration is one of the most secretive in history. It doesn't matter what the issue is, they don't want anyone knowing anything about it and when they are questioned they don't shoot straight (sorry) in their answers.
We should be able to take the word of our president and vice president. It's been a while since we've been truly able to do that, and it's a shame.