At least somebody in the Bush Administration does his own fighting!


Vice President Cheney knows his way around firearms, as he demonstrated this weekend by shooting a partner during a hunting trip. Sadly, the victim is 78-year-old lawyer Harry Whittington, who doesn't sound like the hardest of targets. "Never sneak up behind Dick Cheney when he has a gun in his hand," the Guardian advises.

Whittington is listed in stable condition, which doesn't speak well for the veep's killer instinct. But this incident still puts Cheney at the business end of the S.L.A. Marshall continuum. Let's get this five-time draft deferee into the uniform he's always wanted to wear.

And score one for local newspapers. After Administration flacks sat on this story for a day, the news was broken by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.