Yesterday the Veep was spotted headed to the Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club in Lagrangeville, one of his favorite bird clubs. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, he landed at Stewart Air Force Base on Sunday, and then took off first thing Monday morning for a day of duck and pheasant hunting.
No octogenarian lawyers were injured (that we know of), but that doesn’t mean Cheney didn’t shoot himself in the foot. As the Daily News explained, the club has a 3×5-foot Confederate flag hanging inside the door of its garage. And the minute Al Sharpton got wind of this, you can imagine what his reaction was. We’ll spell it out:
“He ought to leave immediately, call for the flag to be brought down at once, and apologize for being connected to an institution that would be insensitive enough to fly it in the first place,” Sharpton said. “What is interesting to me is that this is not even in the South that it is flying. The club owners must identify with the philosophy of the Confederacy because they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say that they are a historic club that 200 years ago was a part of the Confederacy since New York was never a confederate state. If Cheney does not leave, I will bring a delegation of clergy to lead a prayer vigil in the immediate future.”
While some, like ABC’s Jake Tapper, were quick to caution that few people could actually confirm the existence of the flag, the photo on the DN site does make a good case.
So, what are the odds that when all this is over, somehow Harry Whittington ends up being the one making the biggest public apology again? It was my flag, everyone, my bad!
(Photo: Spencer Ainsley/Poughkeepsie Journal)