Ironic, isn't it?
© David Volk

Am I the only one who has noticed how strange it is that the Bush Administration has decided to send out Dick Cheney as its attack dog to request the names of the foreign leaders that Kerry claims support his candidacy?

"It is our business when a candidate for president claims the political endorsement of foreign leaders," Cheney said at a recent fund raising dinner for Republican Congressional leaders. "At the very least, we have a right to know what he is saying to them that makes them so supportive of his candidacy."

It sure was mighty brave of him to take that stand in front of a friendly crowd.

It's also interesting to hear that he feels that way about the American people having a right to know about who Kerry is talking to and what he's saying.

Odd that he doesn't feel the same way when it comes what oil company leaders he met with as part of his energy task force working on framing the administration's energy policy.

Or does that mean he's changed his mind on the whole matter and will be releasing the identities of the people he spoke with? If so, he might want to alert the Supreme Court so the justices won't waste their time on the case.

If you stop to consider that the Supreme Court justices get a total annual salary of about $1.7 million for nine months of work (meaning they bill at $1,074 an hour) and it takes the judges and their aides several weeks to review a case (at $42,985 per week not including the salaries of secretaries, law clerks and the government lawyer who argues the case and his support staff), stopping the process now would be a good idea. After all, it would help the notoriously fiscally conscious administration reduce that budget deficit that they1ve been so concerned about or help save the money so it can be used for dealing with more important issues affecting all Americans. Like deciding the constitutionality of an amendment banning gay marriage, for example.

Just wondering, David G(imme a break) Volk