Mary got into it with David Gregory and Maureen Dowd over Cheney's bungled handling of the Harry Whittington shooting on MTP. (It's always odd to see
February 18, 2006

Mary got into it with David Gregory and Maureen Dowd over Cheney's bungled handling of the Harry Whittington shooting on MTP. (It's always odd to see two guests go after one conservative on the bobble head shows.)
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David: ...there was disagreement and Mary well knows within the White House how this was handled--There were some WH officials who told me this week, it made the President look bad-it raised questions about who is running the rodeo in the White House.

Dowd: This allowed us to see how his behaviour and judgement operated in real time-It covered all the problems of the Bush/Cheney administration-secrecy and stonewalling- then blowing off the rules that are at the heart of our democracy-then using a filter to try and put the truth out in a way that would most suit their political needs and then bad political judgment in bungling a crisis..

Matalin: It strikes you as odd (Gregory) because you live in a parallel universe--

Gregory: If the vice president did everything right by disclosing it the way he did-then why did you do a big national interview this week?

Mary: Because you went on a jihad, David-four day jihad-

David: That's an unfortunate use of that word by the way..

Mary: Oh, OK...were you saving up for that line?

Dowd: Mary, it isn't only the press people. He blows off the FISA courts, he blows off the Geneva conventions, he blows off the UN to go to Iraq, he wants to blow off everything. He's got a fever about presidential erosion just the way he had a fever about going into Iraq..

(Update): James Wolcott: Mary Quite Contrary

"Even without the immature pouting and pissy expression, Matalin would have been a car wreck in repose: With a bad haircut topping a mistaken facelift and a ghastly floral pin that looked like spray-painted aluminum, she looked like the Beltway's Madwoman of Chaillot."

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