Poor Cheney, Stood Up Again, Had Only His Unimaginable Power and Billions of Dollars to Console Him

trafficjersey.jpgBrilliant political move of the day: Getting intentionally caught in traffic to avoid being photographed with the Vice President.

For his part, Mr. Kean said he had been in Trenton all day, voting on important bills, because "I would not miss votes in order to make a political event." As soon as the Senate wrapped up, around 4 p.m., he traveled north "as quickly as I could." But instead of taking the New Jersey Turnpike, like any regular commuter between Trenton and Newark, he and his driver chose Route 1, which is usually crawling with bumper-to-bumper traffic at that hour.

Mr. Kean said he did so because there were delays on the Turnpike in the morning. But at 6 p.m., there were no reported delays between Exit 7A, not far from Trenton, and the George Washington Bridge, according to the Turnpike's Web site.

This "rank-and-file Republicans distancing themselves from the Administration" story will be way more fun if it keeps being this literal. We want to see Congressmen losing their car keys (whoops! can't attend that fundraiser!) and would-be governors not answering their phones ("no, I didn't get that text, Mr. President -- I musta turned my phone off when I went to that... meeting").

Republicans are the new college students. "What, you don't talk to us for a month and now we're supposed to send you a check? When do we get to meet this girl you've been seeing? Are we too embarrassing to meet your 'cool' new friends?"

Cheney at Fund-Raiser, but Not With the Candidate [NYT]


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