Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Scottie’s getting a bit testy.

The New York Post’s Deb Orin, no Cheney antagonist, tried to sum up what “we’re all trying to get at” with the questioning. When Bush accidentally shot a protected bird called a Kildee, he took immediate and public responsibility. Orin wondered why “the vice president has failed in any way to stand up and say, ‘I made a mistake.’ ”

“He has commented through his spokeswoman,” McClellan offered, his orange tie failing him.

“But why haven’t we heard from him?” interjected Plante.

“I don’t think he had any public events scheduled,” McClellan replied.

“He could schedule one,” Plante persisted. “It would be easy. If he wanted to come over here, you’d probably let him. We would turn up.”

McClellan was done taking advice. “OK, then you can start running the vice president’s office, Bill.”

The spokesman spun and walked away from the podium.