I was struck by Cheney’s language in the following quote from a TV interview today:
Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Congressional Democrats were irresponsible for using a war spending bill to set a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq. He said he was “willing to bet” that the Democrats would eventually cave in to President Bush’s demands for legislation with no strings attached.
Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday at a taping for “Face the Nation,” which was broadcast Sunday. The vice president said that Democratic efforts to set a deadline for withdrawal from Iraq were irresponsible.
“I think the Congress will pass clean legislation,” Mr. Cheney said in the interview broadcast on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” adding, “I do believe that positions that the Democratic leaders have taken, to a large extent now, are irresponsible.”
Which means that legislation containing a timetable must be ‘dirty.’ There’s only one thing that’s dirty around here and it’s not an Iraq timetable–it’s Dick Cheney’s increasingly unconvincing manipulation of the English language for political advantage. It doesn’t fool anyone anymore. Not even the conservatives who used to be with him on the war.