Waiting for Cheney

Tarmac delays are sinful and insulting to regular people, but only if you're a liberal.

Published August 21, 2008 3:29PM (EDT)

If John Edwards or Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John Kerry or Jesse Jackson or Howard Dean or Nancy Pelosi or Bob Menendez or Teddy Kennedy or Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow or George Soros or George Clooney or E.J. Dionne or Donna Brazile or somebody from MoveOn or the National Organization for Women pulled a tarmac maneuver like this in some posh restort town, the conservative blowhards would be going ballistic with their hackneyed, "They're a bunch of better-than-thou elitists who hate the little guy" complaints.

But when a certain Constitution shredder does it, nobody notices.

Apparently, Dick Cheney has to shoot somebody in the face and try to duck the media in order to draw any attention to his personal sense of entitlement.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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