In Newsweek, Isikoff and Hosenball run down the litany of Vice President Cheney's misstatements, falsehoods and efforts to rewrite history from Tuesday night's debate.
In a quarter century-plus of quadrennial presidential debates, has any candidate uttered even half as many falsehoods, fibs and lies as Cheney did Tuesday night?
Don't even think of it in partisan terms. Just on the merits. Can anyone think of any of them who even comes close?
Fuzzy Math: Dave at kosfiles.com notes that Cheney did not say he was on Capitol Hill most Tuesdays, he said that we was in the Senate most Tuesdays: "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."
The Senate diary records Cheney as present on 2 out of 127 Tuesdays. That's "most."
The Web site Cheney had in mind, factcheck.org, was not amused when the vice president proved that he was not master of the factcheckers' domain.
Factcheck.org, run by the Annenberg Center of the University of Pennsylvania, said on its site on Wednesday that Cheney not only got the domain name confused, he had mischaracterized its fact-finding.
"Cheney ... wrongly implied that we had rebutted allegations Edwards was making about what Cheney had done as chief executive officer of Halliburton," the site said on Wednesday.
"In fact we did post an article pointing out that Cheney hasn't profited personally while in office from Halliburton's Iraq contracts, as falsely implied by a Kerry TV ad. But Edwards was talking about Cheney's responsibility for earlier Halliburton troubles. And in fact, Edwards was mostly right." [ed.note thanx to GN for the heads up