I do so love it when West Virginia makes it into the national news:
The questioner jokingly asked the vice president if he and Obama were going to have a family reunion, to which Cheney replied he would “have no objections” though he said he doubted Obama would want one – “certainly not before November.”
Then came the offensive punch line. Cheney explained that during the course of researching his family lineage for Lynne’s memoir “Blue Skies, No Fences” last year, he learned there were Cheneys on both his father’s and his mother’s side of the family. There was a Richard Cheney on his mother’s side, the vice president said.
“So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family and we don’t even live in West Virginia,” Cheney quipped.
West Virginia politicians aren’t laughing at Cheney’s little joke, including his fellow Republican, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
“This is exactly the type of stereotyping that we don’t need from our elected officials,” Capito tells the Sleuth. “It’s disrespectful, and it’s certainly not funny. The Vice President should know better than to make a remark like this one. We all work hard to further West Virginia’s good name, only to have comments like this tarnish it. As a proud state, I can say we are disappointed.”
I got about eight instant messages from people linking to this, and I would have posted something earlier but I was in bed with my sister. Just kidding, just kidding- that was a joke. Everyone who knows me is aware she isn’t my type, besides, she is dating my brother.
In all seriousness, that gets to the heart of the matter- anyone who has lived in WV for more than, say, an hour, has heard and probably made (as a matter of a defense mechanism) every incest joke you can think of already. While it was a a stupid thing to say and I expect every WV politician to denounce it, I am betting most of us don’t care what that corrupt old bastard has to say about us.
At least he didn’t shoot someone in the face this time.