Chip Reid is taking the mantle of the head zombie press pool reporter for CBS. Fresh off his vitriolic, "Democrats also raising their ugly heads, but ahh, on the hill," comment, he now is Dick Cheney's new defender on the Hill.
Robert Gibbs was responding to a question posed by CNN's Ed Henry about Cheney's attacks on Obama, Robert compared Dick to Rush Limbaugh.
Gibbs: Well, I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy," Gibbs said, prompting of the reporters to laugh out loud. "So they trotted out their next-most popular member of the Republican cabal.
That's when Chipper Reid saw an opening for his hackery about Cheney.
Reid: Can I ask you, when you referred to the former Vice President, that was a really hard-hitting, kind of sarcastic response you had. This is a former Vice President of the United States. Is that the attitude -- is that the sanctioned tone toward the former Vice President of the United States from this White House now?
Gibbs: Sometimes I ask forgiveness rather than for permission, Chip. But no, I hope my sarcasm didn't mask the seriousness of the answer with which I addressed Ed -- that for seven-plus years, the very perpetrators that the Vice President says he's concerned about weren't brought to justice.
Yes Chip, that's the sanctioned tone from just about every American about Dick Cheney. He just came out on CNN with John King, who is quickly moving into FOX News territory and said the Obama administration is making America less safe and with regards to our economy he said: "stuff happens."
Get it? He's one of the most reprehensible politicians of our times. He's among those most responsible for the Iraq war and all the slime and torture that came out of the Bush administration. He used the fear card at every turn, hijacked every agency and issue he could get his hands on from Bush -- including his secret "energy cabal" meeting -- and now we're hearing about that assassination ring he ran out of the White House.
So how is Gibbs supposed to talk about this man? The press room is not the Senate.