I know what it's like to operate in a highly charged political environment, in which the players on all sides of an issue feel passionately and speak forcefully. In such an environment people sometimes lose their cool, and yet in Washington you can ordinarily rely on some basic measure of truthfulness and good faith in the conduct of political debate. But in the last several weeks we have seen a wild departure from that tradition.
Dick Cheney on June 22, 2004, to Senator Patrick Leahy, on the Senate floor:
(For something more substantive on Cheney's obscene hypocrisy and dishonesty, see Brendan or, per Brendan, see just how dishonest Cheney was in the first Bush term by checking the size of his index entry in All the President's Spin)