I just finished watching the entire hour of Tim Russert’s very aggressive grilling of Vice President Dick Cheney on Meet the Press. I don’t watch MTP on a regular basis, but have always respected Russert’s approach and tough questioning no matter who is guest is. Despite the premise that Cheney was on as a special guest in concert with the 5th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks, Russert asked questions primarily focused on why we went in and remain in Iraq, how (from Russert’s view) Iraq and the Global War on Terror are not linked, and all of the other very tough questions I would have expected the Vice President would get.
As usual, Cheney handled himself with steady intelligence, patience and respect. I would have blown a vein in my neck.
With his typical dry sense of humor, Cheney closed out the hour with what I believe will become a classic line. This exchange occurred after a few questions about Cheney’s hunting accident this past February.
Russert: Should I be glad you didn’t bring your shotgun today?
Cheney: No, don’t worry. You aren’t in season.
The contrast is stark between how Cheney can deliver pointed humor in a classy way, while the “loyal opposition” now openly suggests and promotes the assassination of our elected officials.