Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Who Lied? 

The WaPo tally:

Vice President Cheney told many, many GREAT BIG WHOPPERS.

And, although the Post's intrepid whopper-sniffers struggled mightily to find something comparable they could pin on Edwards, the best they could manage was a handful of puny little s t r e t c h e s on the order of:
Edwards also asserted that "the president is proposing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage that is completely unnecessary." But Bush simply endorsed such an amendment that had already been introduced on Capitol Hill.
Say, that was invigorating. Is this what it feels like to be Edward Tufte?

UPDATE (10/6): From Geraldine Sealey of Salon's "War Room":
Like much of the vice president's comments on the campaign trail, his chiding of Edwards for being a Beltway non-entity sounded persuasive, until you find out that what he said was not entirely true. And we're learning more about just how untrue his remarks were as the hours pass. Another apparent falsehood: "Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session," Cheney said last night. Over at Daily Kos, someone actually checked the Congressional Record (fancy that) and found that Cheney presided over the Senate "a grand total of two times the past four years -- just as many times as Edwards, who also did so twice."

And the Los Angeles Times points out that Cheney rarely sits in the chamber, and usually only to break a tie vote or swear in new senators -- and he also attends the GOP senators' weekly luncheons to discuss party strategy. It turns out that when Cheney visits the Senate, he seems to avoid Democrats. "But only Republicans attend [the luncheons]," the Times says, "and Cheney usually breezes into the building, goes to the meeting, then leaves without hobnobbing with Democrats. In fact, Cheney was teased by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) for only associating with Republicans when, in an encounter on the Senate floor, Cheney cursed at Leahy."

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