With no word from Cheney, “The Daily Show” stands in

"Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush."

Topics: Dick Cheney, War Room, Jon Stewart,

Dick Cheney still hasn’t appeared in public to discuss his accidental shooting of a 78-year-old man, but there are plenty of people willing to speak on the veep’s behalf — among them, Comedy Central’s Rob Corddry. Playing the role of a “vice president firearms mishap analyst,” Corddry explained it all Monday night for “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart:

Stewart: Rob, obviously a very unfortunate situation. How is the vice president handling it?

Corddry: Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Whittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington’s face.

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Stewart: But why, Rob? If he had known Mr. Whittington was not a bird, why would he still have shot him?

Corddry: Jon, in a post-9/11 world, the American people expect their leaders to be decisive. To not have shot his friend in the face would have sent a message to the quail that America is weak.

Stewart: That’s horrible.

Corddry: Look, the mere fact that we’re even talking about how the vice president drives up with his rich friends in cars to shoot farm-raised wingless quail-tards is letting the quail know “how” we’re hunting them. I’m sure right now those birds are laughing at us in that little “covey” of theirs.

Stewart: I’m not sure birds can laugh, Rob.

Corddry: Well, whatever it is they do — coo — they’re cooing at us right now, Jon, because here we are talking openly about our plans to hunt them. Jig is up. Quails one, America zero.

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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